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Shmuel Asch, le protagoniste de Judas, a quelques ressemblances avec d'autres antihéros qui traversent l'oeuvre d'Oz, mais son histoire est assurément singulière. Le jeune Shmuel est non seulement émotif et malheureux en amour mais il est aussi sur le point d'abandonner ses études faute d'argent quand il tombe sur une annonce inhabituelle. Nous sommes dans la Jérusalem enc ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 25th 2016 by Gallimard (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.
Rom Byczkiewicz Yes, the English version is translated by Nicholas de Lange and was recently published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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Adina
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
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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
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Trish
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
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João Carlos
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2017, 2017best, favorites

"(...) um calendário com imagens de uma planície, colinas, oliveiras, uma ruína, e uma cordilheira, do pintor Reuven Rubin." (Galilean Landscape)


”Esta história decorre no inverno de finais do ano de 1959 princípios de 1960. Há nela engano e desejo, desilusão de amor e uma certa questão religiosa que ficou por responder.” - são estas as primeiras linhas do último romance do escritor israelita Amoz Oz (n. 1939) e que resumem admiravelmente ”Judas”.
”No início de dezembro, Samuel Asch interrompeu os
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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 sa
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Σωτήρης  Αδαμαρέτσος
[αν είσαι 17-27 και άντρας, διάβασε το, ΤΩΡΑ]
Ενα βιβλίο σαν ήρεμο απογευματινό βράδυ μιας Κυριακής, χωρίς εντάσεις και εξόδους, μήτε επισκέψεις και τσακωμούς· ένας ψίθυρος διαπερνά την κάθε σελίδα και αν κάνεις ησυχία θα καταφέρεις μέσα από τις γραμμές να ανακαλύψεις την ωριμότητα και την μεστή σκέψη της γραφής του Οζ.
Τρία πρόσωπα ζωντανά και τρία απόντα καθοδηγούν την ιστορία. Ο νεαρός, ο γέρος και η γυναίκα· και από την άλλη ο σκοτωμένος άντρας, ο πεθαμένος πατέρας και ο προδότης μαθητής. Ανά
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Michela De Bartolo
Gerusalemme, inverno 1959-60. Un ragazzo universitario di 25 anni, alle prese con una ricerca, che non riesce a concludere, intitolata "Gesù visto dagli ebrei". Questo libro parla del tradimento, non di un tradimento o del Tradimento di Giuda , ma di tanti tradimenti e a parlarcene è il protagonista Shemuel, il tradito. Shemuel, infatti, è stato lasciato all'improvviso e senza una parola di spiegazione dalla fidanzata è stato lasciato senza mezzi dalla famiglia. Così si trova a fare compagnia a ...more
Fran
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
Lisa
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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 s
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Semjon
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ein ganz wunderbares Buch. Auf jeden Fall eines der besten zeitgenössischen Bücher, die ich je gelesen habe. Ich kann es gar nicht recht glauben, dass Amos Oz so ein komplexes Werk mit unterschiedlichen zeitlichen Ebenen, unterschiedlichen Erzählformen, unterschiedlichen Meinungen und Entwicklungen, mit realen und fiktiven Personen schreiben konnte, und das Ganze auf gerade mal 350 Seiten. Diese Verdichtung wirkt aber nicht gehetzt, ganz im Gegenteil. Das Tempo des Buchs ist ruhig und bedächtig, ...more
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
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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.
Paul Fulcher
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 place on the MBI longlist and a thought-provoking read
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Έλσα
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Είναι η πρώτη μου επαφή με τον συγγραφέα κ όχι φυσικά η τελευταία. Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο το πήρα γιατί μου έκανε εντύπωση πρώτα ο τίτλος κ εν συνεχεία η ιστορία. Είναι ένα ιδιαίτερο βιβλίο. Απαιτεί υπομονή και γνώση καθώς διαπραγματεύεται θέματα ιστορικού και θρησκευτικού περιεχομένα. Είναι ένα διδακτικό βιβλίο που σε βάζει στη διαδικασία να σκεφτείς, να προβληματιστείς κ παράλληλα να αναθεωρήσεις όσα γνώριζες.
Chrissie
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
Μαρία Γεωργιάδου
Πέντε αστέρια. Πρόκειται για ένα βιβλίο απελπισμένα ειρηνιστικό, που επιστρέφει στις ρίζες της διαμάχης Εβραίων-Παλαιστινίων, σε ορισμένα σημεία κλειστοφοβικό, το οποίο μου έδωσε την ευκαιρία να περάσω εν μέσω καλοκαιριού πέντε μέρες στη χειμωνιάτικη Ιερουσαλήμ του 1959. Το δεύτερο καλύτερο του Οζ που έχω διαβάσει (το πρώτο είναι φυσικά το αριστουργηματικό «Ιστορία αγάπης και σκότους»).

Το βιβλίο διαπερνούν δύο οριζόντιοι άξονες και ένας κάθετος. Ο πρώτος οριζόντιος άξονας είναι μια διαφορετική α
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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
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Iwan
Het is nu ruim een week geleden dat ik Judas dichtsloeg en sindsdien heb ik heimwee naar dit boek. Heimwee naar de metaforen waar Oz mee strooit, heimwee c naar de 3 hoofdpersonen en heimwee naar het kleine universum (het huis en de tuin van de oude man en de weduwe). Dit boek verdient 5 sterren.


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Prachtig boek dat ik in enkele dagen (en vooral nachten) heb uitgelezen. De driehoeksverhouding tussen de student Sjmoeël, de oude man (naar wie hij elke dag van 17 uur tot 22 uur m
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Roger Brunyate
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: israel, religion, history
Idealpolitik

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; the
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Neil
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-mbi, 2017
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
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Katerina
Давно не читала по-русски ничего столь приятно повествовательного, старомодного, неспешного и не манерного. Сюжет может показаться занудным (или вовсе отсутствующим: отчислившийся и брошенный подружкой студент устраивается нянькой к старику и ведёт с ним религиозно-политические беседы; есть любовная линия, но мне она показалась вторичной и даже не вполне необходимой), но я читала с интересом, отчасти благодаря удивительной описательной манере Оза. Например, задыхающийся главный герой с его извеч ...more
Agnes
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consumato un blocchetto di mini-post it per segnare le pagine e una matita per sottolineare...
Perché non posso dare 10 stelle ? consideratelo fatto !
Non sono brava come tante altre amiche/amici di GR a fare commenti : posso solo dire che è bellissimo ! Sarà che era il momento, sarà che l'argomento (Israele) mi appassiona , sarà che Oz è un grandissimo scrittore sarà ... non lo so ma ho cercato di " trascinarlo" un po' perché mi dispiaceva finirlo ma, purtroppo, l'ho finito e già mi manca. Grazi
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Jill
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translations
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 hav
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Fiona
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
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
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Kamil
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My video review : https://youtu.be/rABSin_NQ6I
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 sev
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Boris Maksimovic
„Juda“ je jedna nevjerovatna višeslojna priča koju čine otprilike tri narativna toka smještena u tri različita perioda jevrejske istorije. Glavni tok radnje je smješten u zimu između 1959. i 1960. Mladi Šemuel Aš odlučuje da uprkos svim položenim ispitima prekine studiranje na Univerzitetu u Jerusalimu taman prije diplomskog, a razlog je ništa drugo nego raskid. Sasvim slučajno nalazi posao kod jedne bogate porodice i jedino njegovo zaduženje jeste da razgovara sa čovjekom koji se zove Geršom Va ...more
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Amos Oz (Hebrew: עמוס עוז; born Amos Klausner) is an Israeli writer, novelist, journalist and intellectual. He is also a professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. He is 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 Prize
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“The fact is that all the power in the world cannot transform someone who hates you into someone who likes you. It can turn a foe into a slave, but not into a friend. All the power in the world cannot transform a fanatic into an enlightened man. All the power in the world cannot transform someone thirsting for vengeance into a lover.” 7 likes
“Judaism and Christianity, and Islam too, all drip honeyed words of love and mercy so long as they do not have access to handcuffs, grills, dominion, torture chambers, and gallows. All these faiths, including those that have appeared in recent generations and continue to mesmerize adherents to this day, all arose to save us and all just as soon started to shed our blood.” 3 likes
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