every morning this week (monday 11th to friday 14th), 9.45-10.00am (repeated 12.30am), on bbc radio 4
a tale of love and darkness (by amos oz, translated by nicholas de lange, and read by david fleeshman) (in the book of the week series)
“Israeli writer Amos Oz died on the 28th December 2018, leaving a huge legacy of fiction, essays and articles as well as the masterpiece A Tale of Love and Darkness.
This bestselling memoir explores the author’s difficult childhood in Mandatory Palestine.
1. Oz’s earliest memories are of his parents’ struggle to settle in Jerusalem while mourning a Europe that had rejected them.
2. The author recalls the horrendous events that brought his parents from Eastern Europe to Jerusalem and explores the circumstances that threw the ill-suited couple together.
3. Now a successful writer in his 60s, Oz is transported back to 1940s Jerusalem by a memory from childhood.
4. Amos Oz recalls how storytelling eased his passage through difficult schooldays and a tricky home life, as his parents’ marriage crumbles.
5. Oz recalls the traumatic event which led him to leave his family and join the kibbutz where he would spend the next 30 years.”
(if you miss them, available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000356w)