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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0156006308
ISBN-13: 9780156006309
Sku: 30359870
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  160
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I have been called a traitor many times in my life. (from the first line)
Oz revisits here the Jerusalem of his childhood in the last days of the British mandate in Palestine. Our hero's name is Proffy (short for Professor), and he is twelve years old, his head filled with dreams of dying heroically in battle. Together with his friends Ben Hur and Chita, he spends the summer of 1947 as a member of a make-believe underground movement fighting the British. Indoctrinated by his patriotic father and his zealous Bible teacher, Proffy becomes "an excited panther in the basement, seething with oaths and vows, knowing what he will dedicate his life, for what he will sacrifice it when the moment of truth comes". But when his comrades accuse him of treason for his friendship with Sergeant Dunlop - a fat, good-natured British soldier who revels in the Bible and shares with him the love of language - Proffy must vindicate himself in the eyes of his family and friends.
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The year is 1947: the last days of the British mandate in Palestine. Twelve-year-old Proffy dreams of dying heroically in battle, as his make-believe underground unit gains glory fighting for the creation of a Jewish state. Indoctrinated by his patriotic father and a zealous Bible teacher, Proffy vows to sacrifice his life for military glory. But then he meets and befriends a kindly British soldier, who shares with Proffy a love of language and of the Bible. Accused of treason for the friendship, Proffy must learn the true nature of loyalty and betrayal. Amos Oz once again displays his mastery of human nature as he spins a rich tapestry of character and political intrigue out of the birth of Israel.Amos Oz, Israel's preeminent writer, once again displays his mastery of human nature as he spins a rich tapestry of character and political intrigue out of the birth of Israel. The year is 1947, the last days of the British mandate in Palestine, and 12-year-old Proffy is accused of treason for his friendship with a kindly British soldier.
During the summer of 1947, the last days of the British mandate in Israel, 12-year-old Proffi concocts a make-believe underground movement training to fight the oppressors. Then he makes friends with a good-natured British soldier, and must redefine the meaning of loyalty.
Author Bio
Amos Oz
Born Amos Klausner, Oz was raised in Jerusalem and attended an Orthodox Jewish school. Rebelling against his conservative and domineering scholar-father, he left home at 14, changed his name, and joined a kibbutz, where he espoused the leftist politics of David Ben-Gurion. He served in the Israeli army and studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, becoming skilled as a writer and teaching English and literature in the kibbutz school. His novels are rooted in Israeli society, and he is both a fearless innovator and a realist, always deeply involved in Israel's politics and struggle for survival.


Kirkus Reviews
"A wonderful short novel....Another triumph, and further evidence of Oz's increasing claim to serious Nobel Prize consideration. 08/01/1997

New York Times Book Review
"[A]n insightful, inventive and lyrical expression of this writer's forbearing vision of life under the aspect of mortality. Its effect is not that of a powerful, steady torrent, as in some of Oz's other novels, but that of an intermittently fine, stinging rain." - Lee Siegel 10/26/1997

Atlantic Monthly
"...Mr. Oz creates a vivid picture of life in Jerusalem, with sharply drawn characters....The novel offers an unexpectedly charming and humane memory of a tense, tough time." - Phoebe-Lou Adams December 1997

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Israeli writer Amos Oz's new novel masterfully captures the early days of Israel as well as the heroic and erotic prepubescent yearnings of its protagonist." - Abbas Milani 01/04/1998

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