The autobiography Something Disguised As Love, published in Hebrew on Sunday, seems to explain the relationship between Amos Oz – one of Israel’s most famous and beloved authors – and his middle daughter, Gaul, herself an author. award-winning children’s books.
“As a child, my father beat me, cursed me and humiliated me. The violence was creative: he dragged me from inside the house and threw me out. He called me garbage. Not a temporary loss of control and not a slap in the face here or there, but a routine of sadistic abuse. It was my own fault, so the punishment was endless. He needed to make sure I broke, “she wrote at the beginning of the book.
Galia Oz is the daughter of Nili and Amos Oz, the author has published 35 books, including 13 novels, four volumes of stories and short stories, children’s books and nine volumes containing essays and articles.
Author Fania Oz-Salzberger, the sister of Gaul and also the daughter of Amos Oz, wrote on Twitter in a reaction from the family:
“We, Nili, Fania and Daniel, met a different father. A warm, friendly, attentive father who loved his family with a love full of care, devotion and sacrifice. Most of the accusations that Galia throws at him now completely contradict the fierce memory imprinted in us throughout our lives “, Fania wrote on Twitter.
“Gaul decided to sever all contact with us seven years ago. The statements he made against us took us by surprise. Even though he did not admit to her accusations, my father even tried and hoped until the last day to talk to her and understand her, even about things that seemed to him the opposite of reality. It seems that Gaul’s pain is real and heartbreaking, but we remember it differently. Quite different, “added Oz-Salzberger.
Amos Oz, one of Israel’s foremost prose writers and essayists, was born in Jerusalem in 1939 to a family of scholars and teachers from Poland and Russia.
The guardian figure of the family, as he appears in his well-known later autobiographical novel, The Story of Love and Darkness, is the brother of his paternal grandfather, Professor Dr. Joseph Klausner. Coming to Palestine at the beginning of the last century, he will reach the heights of social and intellectual recognition – a street in Jerusalem bears his name, while his writings are a reference in the bibliography of Judaism. But Amos’ parents will have a different destiny: his father, Yehuda Arieh Klausner, although he studied literature and history in Poland, knew 17 languages and had a vast culture, will remain in the shadow of his uncle, being forced to accept a modest position as librarian. , while his mother, Fania, an equally cultured woman, of a special sensitivity, carrying in her soul the nostalgia of Europe, will give in to the difficulties and shortcomings of the emigrant’s life and will commit suicide when Amos turned 12 years old.
In 1954, at the age of 15, the teenager rebelled against his father and left Jerusalem. He settles in the kibbutz Hulda, where he will change his family name to Amos Oz. At just 20 years old, his first stories were published in the literary magazine Keshet, shortly before he was sent by the kibbutz community to study philosophy and literature at the University of Jerusalem. In 1967 he fought in the Six Day War, and in 1973 participated in the Yom Kippur War.
After graduating from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he returned to the kibbutz, where he practiced agriculture and taught at the local high school for 25 years, until 1986, when he moved with his wife and son to Arad, on the shores of the Dead Sea.
Since 1965, Amos Oz has published 35 books, including 13 novels, four volumes of short stories and short stories, children’s books, and nine volumes of essays and articles. Amos Oz’s books have been translated into 42 languages in 43 countries.
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