Amos Oz

Amos Oz was an Israeli writer, novelist, journalist, and intellectual. He was also a professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. Born on May 4, 1939, in Jerusalem, Oz was regarded as one of Israel's most prolific and influential authors, with his works often exploring themes such as identity, politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He won numerous awards for his writing, including the Israel Prize for Literature, and his books have been translated into many languages. His most famous works include 'My Michael', 'Black Box', and 'A Tale of Love and Darkness'. Amos Oz passed away on December 28, 2018.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. Black Box

    "Black Box" is a novel that explores the complex dynamics of a broken family. The story revolves around a divorced couple who are forced to reconnect after their son begins to display troubling behavior. The husband, a stern and disciplined judge, and the wife, a free-spirited Holocaust survivor, must navigate their personal differences, past hurts, and current relationships to address their son's issues. The book is written in the form of letters, revealing the characters' inner thoughts and struggles, making it a profound exploration of human relationships, regret, and reconciliation.

    The 3270th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. A Tale of Love and Darkness

    This book is a poignant memoir that explores the complexities of love, darkness, loss, and the endurance of the human spirit. Set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel, the author recounts his childhood in Jerusalem, the suicide of his mother, and his path to becoming a writer. The narrative is both a personal account and a portrait of a society in turmoil, providing a profound exploration of the individual and collective psyche.

    The 3705th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. A Perfect Peace

    Set against the backdrop of a kibbutz in Israel during the 1960s, the novel delves into the life of a young man struggling with the expectations of his family and community. As he grapples with his own desires and the looming specter of war, the protagonist embarks on a journey of self-discovery that leads him away from the communal life of the kibbutz. The narrative explores themes of individuality, freedom, and the complexities of human relationships, all while painting a vivid portrait of Israeli society during a time of tension and change.

    The 8214th Greatest Book of All Time