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Dear Zealots: Book summary and reviews of Dear Zealots by Amos Oz

Dear Zealots

Letters from a Divided Land

by Amos Oz

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Dear Zealots by Amos Oz
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  • Published Nov 2018
    160 pages
    Genre: Essays

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An urgent and deeply necessary work, Dear Zealots offers three powerful essays that speak directly to our present age, on the rise of zealotry in Israel and around the world.

From the incomparable Amos Oz comes a series of three essays: on the universal nature of fanaticism and its possible cures, on the Jewish roots of humanism and the need for a secular pride in Israel, and on the geopolitical standing of Israel in the wider Middle East and internationally.

Dear Zealots is classic Amos Oz - fluid, rich, masterly, and perfectly timed for a world in which polarization and extremism are rising everywhere. The essays were written, Oz states, "first and foremost" for his grandchildren: they are a patient, learned telling of history, religion, and politics, to be thumbed through and studied, clung to even, as we march toward an uncertain future.

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"Starred Review. Providing a worthy companion volume to Yossi Klein Halevi's Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, Oz's book leaves readers with a strong message about the need for a greater societywide openness to doubt and ambiguity." - Publishers Weekly

"Slender but forceful." - Kirkus

"[T]he three essays collected here, relevant to our polarized, populist world: they treat the nature of fanaticism, the Jewish roots of humanism (and the need for a secular appreciation of Israel), and Israel's geopolitical standing. Oz says he wrote them for his grandchildren, but they're good for us all."- Library Journal

"Concise, evocative ... Dear Zealots is not just a brilliant book of thoughts and ideas - it is a depiction of one man's struggle, who for decades has insisted on keeping a sharp, strident and lucid perspective in the face of chaos and at times of madness." - David Grossman, winner of the Man Booker International Prize

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Amos Oz Author Biography

Born Amos Klausner in Jerusalem in 1939, his parents were right-wing Zionists who had recently immigrated from Eastern Europe. His father, Yehuda Arieh Klausner, was a librarian and a scholar, and his mother, Fania Mussman, suffered from depression and committed suicide when Oz was only twelve. In an interview with The Huffington Post (2009), Oz described that time in his life:

"I was very angry with her... I was very angry with my father, I was very angry with myself. I blamed every one of us for the calamity... There was not a drop of compassion in me. Nor did I miss her. I did not grieve at my mother's death. I was too hurt and angry for any other emotion to remain... [it was only] when I reached the age when I could be my parents' parents [that] I could look at them with a ...

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Amos Oz: "a-mos (a is pronounced as in apple)" oh-zz

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