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Amos Oz Dies: Israeli Author Was 79

Amos Oz Dies: Israeli Author Was 79

Amos Oz, lauded Israeli author whose works included critically praised memoir A Tale and Love and Darkness which was made into the 2015 feature film, and an outspoken advocate for peace with the Palestinians, died of cancer Friday. His daughter, Fania Oz-Salzberger, confirmed her father’s death on Twitter. He was 79. “To those who loved him, thank you,” Oz-Salzberger wrote, adding he had died “after a speedy deterioration, in his sleep.”

Among his most acclaimed works are his 2002 memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness, which was adapted for the screen and directed by Natalie Portman, who also starred in the film. “It was a tale of love and light, and now, a great darkness,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement eulogizing Oz. “Rest in peace, dear Amos. You gave us great pleasure.”

Oz’s novel Panther in the Basement also was the basis for the 2007 film The Little Traitor,

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