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Това е история, в която привидно нищо не се случва: трима души в Ерусалим обитават обща порутена къща – прекъснал следването си студент революционер, разочарована от мъжете привлекателна вдовица и прикован на легло учител по история. Но в къщата живеят и призраци – на Юда, на Исус, на починалия съпруг, на низвергнатия баща, на предадения син.

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Published November 2015 by Милениум (first published 2014)
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Mary E. I don't think so although not all sides of the political & ,historical arguments are equally represented.…moreI don't think so although not all sides of the political & ,historical arguments are equally represented.(less)
Rom Byczkiewicz Yes, the English version is translated by Nicholas de Lange and was recently published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booker, israel
Little did I imagine when I was around 30% into the novel that I would award it 4* since I was seriously considering to putt up my hands up and surrender any hope to enjoy this novel. The main character annoyed me to no end and I wanted to slap his laziness out of him. Still, the writing slowly grew on me and the ideas put forward made me ponder and discuss them with my father who is a world politics enthusiast. I still did not feel too much sympathy for the main character at the end, so not cha ...more
Elyse  Walters
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember the last time spending so much time with a book --- and I'm not done yet.
I'm preparing for a serious die-hard discussion coming up at my temple. I've listened to the audiobook, have read the ebook, and will get a copy of the physical book to examine soon too. By the time my book club meets -I'll have read this book 3 times.

The more I research this book's topics - themes - and Amos Oz's personal political-and religious point of views - mixed with the realities that Israel was e
Angela M
3.5 stars

This is my first book by this prolific author, who I have known about for many years, but never took the opportunity to read until now. The book is complex in some ways and I found multiple levels here - political, religious, and for me mostly the emotional level. In looking at some biographical material, it appears that Oz is not only prolific but political and not without his critics in standing for a two state solution to the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. The intellectual, relig
This is the third outstanding work I’ve read by an Israeli in as many weeks, and I find myself falling under a spell of admiration again for a culture that fights back against the worst aspects of itself, interrogates itself relentlessly, and creates humor around the morose recognition of man’s fallibility. Into a novel describing three generations living together in Jerusalem in a small house, Amos Oz weaves history, religion, politics, and leadership into a meditation on the why and how of Jew ...more
Diane S ☔
3.5 Dense and cerebral. A young man in Jerusalem abandons his thesis to take a position with a disabled, intellectual recluse. For rom, board and a small stipend he agrees to speak, listen and discuss nightly with Wald, five hours a night. Older than he is, Wald's daughter in law provides the love interest.

This is a brilliantly written book, covers so much, informative especially for this reader who little understands the ongoing Israeli and Arab struggles. Not a book that called to me, definite
David Gustafson
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The narrator of Amos Oz's esoteric masterpiece is Shmuel Ash, a university student, recently rejected by his girlfriend, who must abandon his master's thesis, "Jewish Views of Jesus," because of his family's financial difficulties to unexpectedly seek a new means of survival in the real world of 1959 Israel.

Answering an advertisement offering room and board in an old Jerusalem apartment in return for entertaining the seventy-year-old scholar, Gershom Wald, with five hours of conversation every
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”How deep the silence is.” Atalia said. “You can almost hear the stones breathing.”
~~ Amos Oz, Judas


My friend, Spenky, has said, “I prefer writing over plot.” Spenky would love Amos Oz’s Judas. The writing is beautiful..

This is the first work of Oz’s I have read. Judas was probably not the best place to start my journey with Oz, but I had heard so much about this book I wanted to read it.

Judas is set in Jerusalem at the end of 1959. Israel is a country rife with hostility, mired in the pain of
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One man's traitor is another man's loyalist. In Amos Oz's new tome "Judas", a coming-of-age novel, the theme of loyalty is explored. Shmuel Ash, a shy, emotional, twenty five year old university student is adrift. He is dealt three blows to his ho hum existence; loss of funding for school due to his father's bankruptcy,a breakup with his girlfriend, and stalled research on his masters thesis on Jewish Views of Jesus. Shmuel replies to an ad seeking a part-time caregiver and companion for a seven ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
On Hurting God

There must seem something paradoxical to some of the religious folks in the idea that anyone could in anyway hurt God or his relative. They thus want to argue that such people who might have done something against God were, in fact, folks who just wanted to Give the God (and relations) leverage to create drama or God made them that way for drama. Many versions of Ramayana would have you believe that Ravana, in fact, was a devotee of Rama and, all he did, was to get killed from
Paul Fulcher
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reposting in tribute to Amos Oz, who passed away today:

Anyone willing to change, Shmuel said, will always be considered a traitor by those who cannot change and are scared to death of change and don't understand it and loathe change.

Book 10 of 13 from my reading of the 2017 Man Booker International longlist.

I have previously read Amos Oz’s classic A Tale of Love and Darkness, also translated by Nicholas de Lange, which was very strong. Judas isn’t quite in that league but more than worthy of its
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Update - After an excellent book club discussion, I am raising my rating to 3.6 stars rounded up to 4 stars. The more time spent with this novel, the more I've appreciated it and learned from it.

I am conflicted about this book. Oz uses the novel as a vehicle for his ideas about the creation of the Israeli state as well as the role Judas played in instigating Christianity. He is an excellent writer and expertly uses the characters to propagate these ideas. Yet I felt impatient with the static
This story covers a three-month period, the winter of 1959 to 1960. The place is Jerusalem. There are three central characters. Schmuel, he is at loose ends – his girlfriend has deserted him and married a previous beau. His father has gone into bankruptcy and can no longer pay for Schmuel’s studies. He had been working toward his MA, writing his thesis on how Jews view Jesus. This has stalled and his participation in a socialist group had been brought to a halt too, the group having split into t ...more
Portal in the Pages
I didn't want this book to end. It did so wonderfully but I never wanted to leave this world. A gorgeous story.
Gumble's Yard
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is set in Jerusalem – just over 10 years after the 1948 Arab-Israel war. The key protagonist is a 25 year old socialist student, writing a thesis on the Jewish view of Jesus. As the book opens a breakdown in his Socialist group and a series of personal crises cause him to respond to an advert:

Offered to a single humanities student with conversational skills and an interest in history, free accommodation and a modest monthly sum, in return for spending five hours per evening with a s
Ron Charles
“Judas,” a new novel by Amos Oz, is a paradox of stillness and provocation. The Israeli author, a long-rumored contender for the Nobel Prize, has reduced the physical action of this story to a tableaux of domestic grief. But beneath a scene of fermented woe, he incites a storm of theological and political arguments about the founding of Israel and the origins of Christianity.

The plot sounds almost repellently static. In the opening pages, set around 1960, Shmuel Ash, a young graduate student in
Roger Brunyate
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, religion, israel

As it happens, two of the six novels on the shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize were by distinguished Israeli authors. Both writers are concerned about the foundation of the country in their parents' generation, and the consequences that flow from it to the present day. But there are differences between the two. The winning novel, A Horse Walked into a Bar by David Grossman (b. 1954), features an aging comedian performing what may be his last stand-up routine; t
Michael Kotsarinis
I wasn't fascinated by the style of writing or the pace or even the end of this book. But as it slowly told its story I couldn't help but get entangled in the characters' arguments and lives and it certainly made me think a lot. Having reached the end of it, I can't say exactly why, but I think of it as a great book.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is about treason, at the centre the treason of Judas Iscariot – in Hebrew the title of the book is “The Gospel of Jehuda”. (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After a failed love affair, Shmuel Ash accepts a job helping with the care of an old man (albeit with very limited duties). There is another inhabitant of the house where this old man lives. She is a woman and an attractive woman at that. It's inevitable that Shmuel falls for her.

But this novel isn't really about plot, but rather about ideas. And the meat of the novel is not in the relationships between Shmuel and the man and woman, but more in the philosophical, theological discussions between
This is one of the last major works by Amos Oz (1939-2018). Central is the coming-of-age of Shmuel Asch; perhaps a bit strange to call it that way, because the Israeli young man is already 25. But he shows all the characteristics of a still-unformed personality. His 3-month stay with an old rabbi and his daughter-in-law shall put his life on a new track. I think this aspect of the novel is the most successful: Oz takes his time to outline all the uncertainties, unfulfilled desires and not yet ma ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was my first Amoz Oz book and was another pleasant surprise on the Man Booker International long list. The theories about Judas Iscariot were interesting and make me want to revisit the New Testament details. (I'm pretty sure that Judas is not mentioned as being present at the crucifixion, and that the timeline was laid out as he had killed himself before then?).

There were many sections, mainly when Gershom Wald was speaking, which I reread for their beauty & wisdom.I think I would have pr
Dannii Elle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Judas Oz, and the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , for this opportunity.

This is a vastly intellectual read that broached political and religious subjects with a bluntness that provides the reader with no option other than to approach their own beliefs, on the matters discussed, with the same appetite. Whilst these features of the text were shocking in nature and whilst this was certainly insightful of
Quiet is one word I would use to describe this story.

At a glance it doesn't seem to be much of a story, but in the odd 300 pages it has the author manages to discuss contemporary and historical Arab-Israeli relations and provide a very different perspective on Judas's role in Christianity. It's quite frankly amazing how well those themes and commentary fit into the story.
Shmuel is a character that touched me from the very beginning. A young man whose heart has been recently broken, who has lost his way with his studies and doesn't see what the future holds for him. He reads a notice on the university notice board just after resigning from his studies. This takes him to an address on the outskirts of Jerusalem, to the house of the now deceased Abravanel, his perplexing widowed daughter Atalia, and Gershom Wald, an aged and crippled academic whose son Atalia had m ...more
Judas Iscariot

Shmuel Ash, a biblical ex-student, works during the cold winter of 1959 in an old house in Jerusalem. In return he gets to live in the small attic and receives a humble compensation. The house is full of mysteries and questions wanted to be answered by Shmuel, and there is of course the attractive Atalja - Shmuel is from the moment he saw her obsessed with this twenty year older lady. His job is to keep the old man living there, Gershom Wald, busy at night with conversations and discussions abou
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Judas” by Israeli author Amos Oz, is about a rather childish and socially awkward young man named Shmul. As a result of some unfortunate circumstances, Shmul is forced to accept a job in the household of an argumentative old man and his beautiful female relative.

The narrative alternates between Shmul’s mysterious interactions with his new employers, excerpts from his research on Jesus and Judas, and the political decisions of the 1940s-1950s which led to the creation of a Jewish state. All of t
Steven Z.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is December, 1959, Shmuel Ash, an asthmatic university student preparing his thesis on “Jewish views of Jesus” decides to abandon his studies and leave the divided city of Jerusalem. Ash’s girlfriend, Yardena has decided to breakup with him and marry a previous boyfriend. With his research stalling, and learning that his father’s finances have been ruined over a lost court case he can no longer support his student lifestyle, so he decides to embark on what he hopes will be a coping journey. S ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amos Oz is one of those authors who I admire, rather than like. I have read a good number of his books and the only one I managed to gravitate to is A Tale of Love and Darkness . To a certain extent, I don’t. mind Fima either.

Judas starts off well: Rebellious Shmuel decides to drop out of university and become a sort of caretaker to an old man, Gershom Wald. Really his job is to converse with him for a few hours a day. During their conversations, Shmuel learns that Jerusalem’s history is entwine
3.5 stars.

Another Man Booker International 2017 book, and this one was the first that I had actually heard a lot about prior to the prize. So obviously I had very high expectations, which is more often than not a mistake. Ultimately, although I did like this book, I wasn't blown away, and doubt I would read it again.

We follow our main character Schmuel, who is in a problematic stage of life. His girlfriend has left him for her ex boyfriend who she has now married, his father is no longer able to
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Amos Oz (Hebrew: עמוס עוז‎; born Amos Klausner) was an Israeli writer, novelist, journalist and intellectual. He was also a professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. He was regarded as Israel's most famous living author.

Oz's work has been published in 42 languages in 43 countries, and has received many honours and awards, among them the Legion of Honour of France, the Goethe P

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