Israeli novelist Amos Oz passed away at 79

Israeli writer Amos Oz, Israel Prize laureate, died on Friday at 79 after battling cancer.

Oz was born in Jerusalem in 1939, and raised on Kibbutz Hulda. As a young man, he studied philosophy and literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Before beginning his university studies, Oz spent three years in the Israel Defense Forces’ Nahal Brigade and returned to duty during the 1967 Six-Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

He married Nili in 1960, and the couple had three children.

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Oz’s work has been published in 45 languages in 47 countries and has received many honors and awards, among them the Legion of Honour of France, the Goethe Prize, the Prince of Asturias Award in Literature, the Heinrich Heine Prize and the Israel Prize.

In 2007, a selection from the Chinese translation of A Tale of Love and Darkness was the first work of modern Hebrew literature to appear in an official Chinese textbook.