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By Amos Oz

ISBN-10: 0547747594

ISBN-13: 9780547747590

Seven years after their divorce, Ilana breaks the sour silence with a letter to Alex, a world-renowned authority on fanaticism, begging for support with their rebellious adolescent son, Boaz. One letter ends up in one other, and so evolves a correspondence among Ilana and Alex, Alex and Michel (Ilana’s Moroccan husband), Alex and his Mephistophelian Jerusalem lawyer—a correspondence among father and mother, stepfather and stepson, father and son, each one pleading his or her personal case.

The greedy, lyrical, manipulative, loving Ilana has stirred issues up. Now, her former husband and her current husband became opponents now not just for her loyalty yet for her son’s as well.

Black field is a list of ardour, an inventive, witty, feeling novel of latest existence. Amos oz. at his novelistic, human, and poetic best.

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The trouble is that I’m somewhat fond of you. As you are well aware, for some thirty years your remarkable father shortened my life, before and during his sclerosis and even after he had already forgotten his own name and my name and how to spell Alex. And no one knows better than you do how hard I worked for five or six years to arrange for you to be appointed sole trustee of all his property, and without three-quarters of it disappearing in inheritance tax or senility tax or some other Bolshevik siphon.

Parents’ names Jacob and Sylvie. The father worked in Oran as a tax collector until 1954, when the family moved to a suburb of Paris. (Three brothers and one sister, all older than MHS, had previously emigrated to France and raised families of their own. ) MHS was a pupil at the Lycée Voltaire until 1958 and subsequently studied French literature at the Sorbonne for two years. He did not complete his studies and holds no academic degree. During this period he became associated with groups of the Betar movement in Paris (under the influence of his eldest brother) and also became an observant Jew (apparently under the influence of another brother, who underwent a return to religion and is still active in religious Zionist education in Paris).

Michel came into the kitchen, spread margarine and cheese on a piece of bread, made himself a cup of instant coffee, and promised that he wouldn’t disturb us, and that he would soon go and put Yifat to bed, so that we could carry on our conversation without interruption. ” The rain hammered on the windows. Yifat fell asleep on the mat, and Michel managed to put her pajamas on her and get her into bed without waking her up. Then he put the television on softly, so as not to disturb us, watched the nine o’clock news, and quietly went back to his marking.

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