NIF to Host ‘Tribute to Amos Oz’ Event

January 18, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Marking the recent passing of acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz NIF Australia will curate an evening to celebrate his life and reflect on his literary and political legacy.

Israeli author and intellectual Amos Oz died from cancer on Dec. 28, 2018, at the age of 79. Credit: Blaues Sofa/Flickr.

The Sunday 10 March event at Bondi Pavilion Theatre will be hosted by Michaela Kalowski, who interviewed Amos Oz on his last trip to Australia. It will be an opportunity to reflect on Oz’s contribution to the world by listening to both local and international tributes to Oz, accompanied by readings of his works and short video clips of him speaking.

The event will also be streamed to the internet.

“Amos Oz was one of the most treasured Israeli writers and a shining light we all looked to for guidance on the causes of peace and justice. We’re looking forward to taking an opportunity to reflecting on his literary and political contributions and celebrating his many achievements,” said Liam Getreu, executive director of the New Israel Fund Australia.

“Oz had a clear vision about peace between Israelis and Palestinians and was an eloquent advocate for a more just future for both people. We will forever be thankful for his long association with NIF as a member of our international council, and in Australia for our partnership to publish an exclusive essay for the AJN just a few months ago,” said Getreu.

“I was privileged to have had the opportunity to interview Amos Oz on his last trip to Australia. This evening is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to hear about his work for the first time, or who has been a long time fan to share in our celebration,” added Kalowski.

The 79 year old was internationally recognised for his dozens of novels, essays and prose about life in Israel. His work was translated into 45 languages. His memoir, “A Tale of Love and Darkness”, was turned into a movie by Natalie Portman. He died from cancer in late December.

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