The widely-acclaimed, best-selling Israeli author and peace activist Amos Oz read from and discussed his novel, Judas, a coming of age tale that was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2017. Sponsored by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation and co-sponsored by the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, the event was held on Wednesday, April 18 in the Blackwell Room.
Oz is an acclaimed novelist, short-story writer and essayist who has been called “Israel’s best known literary voice.” He has published dozens of works, among them 14 novels, five collections of stories and novellas, two children’s books and 11 books of articles and essays. Oz’s 2002 memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness drew wide critical acclaim and has been honored with 10 different international prizes. Oz’s works have been published in 44 languages in 46 countries.
Among his many awards and honors, Oz has received the Legion of Honour of France, the Goethe Prize, the French Prix Femina, the Frankfurt Peace Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, the Primo Levi Prize, the Prince of Asturias Award in Literature, the Heinrich Heine Prize, the Siegfried Lenz Prize and the Israel Prize. Oz was a professor of Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University and the co-founder of Israel’s Peace Now movement.
Oz comes to the Finger Lakes area as the inaugural Farash Fellow for the Advancement of Jewish Humanities and Culture, sponsored by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation. The program is designed to enrich Jewish heritage by celebrating and supporting the creative excellence of some of the world’s leading artists, philosophers and thinkers. Luminaries who exemplify the best in their fields are selected for this biennial award. Fellows use residencies to devote themselves to their creative work, accompanied by opportunities for public engagement.