Israeli writer Amos Oz died Friday in his homeland at the age of 79 with cancer, when his daughter, Fania Oz-Salzberger, wrote on Friday in the short message service Twitter.
Oz-Salzberger thanked everyone who "loved" their father. The author had, among other things, gained international fame through his autobiographical novel "A Story of Love and Darkness", and the book became an international bestseller.
For years, Oz was considered a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He also received a number of international awards, including the Peace Prize in the German bookstore. "In his politically engaged works, Amos Oz conveys a vivid picture of Israeli society, with its multi-layered people among themselves and with the world, describing the diversity of votes in the state of Israel," the jury said.
The author, born under the name of Amos Klausner in Jerusalem, the son of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, was also politically active as the founder of the peace movement Shalom Achschaw (peace now). He was dedicated to peace in the Middle East for decades, and was a fierce critic of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. In recent years, Oz has been a strong critic of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Some of Oz's best known works include the novels "My Michael", "The Perfect Peace", "Black Box", "Another Place" and "Recognizing a Woman."
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