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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language

And next year’s words await another voice.”

― T. S. EliotFour Quartets

Painting by Hesham Wafaie

Amos Oz Dies at 79

Israeli author Amos Oz, “whose work captured the characters and landscapes of his young nation, and who matured into a leading moral voice and an insistent advocate for peace with the Palestinians,” died December 28, the New York Times reported. He was 79. “Among a generation of native Israeli writers that included A.B. Yehoshua and David Grossman, Mr. Oz wrote richly in modern Hebrew. The revival of that ancient language was extolled by the founders of the state as a crucial element in forging a new Israeli identity.”

Oz published more than a dozen novels, including My Michael and Black Box, as well as collections of short fiction, works of nonfiction, and many essays. His work was translated into more than 35 languages. A Tale of Love and Darkness, Oz’s acclaimed memoir, was first published in Hebrew in 2002 and became an international bestseller. His other books include Judas; Dear Zealots: Letters from a Divided LandIn the Land of IsraelBlack Box; and Where the Jackals Howl & Other Stories.

Among his many honors were the Goethe Prize; the French Knight’s Cross of the Légion d’Honneur; the Heinrich Heine Prize; and the Israel Prize. He was a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Describing him as “one of the greatest authors” Israel has produced, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Oz “deftly and emotionally expressed important aspects of the Israeli experience… Even though we had differences of opinion in many fields, I greatly appreciate his contributions to the Hebrew language and the renewal of Hebrew literature.”

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Sheila Bender Offers Writing Advice for the New Year 

See a friend of Fuze Sheila Bender offer writing advice for the new year! Watch Sheila’s fascinating interview with William Kenower, editor-in-chief ofAuthor Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to writing, publishing, and the creative process in general.

Memoirist, poet, and creative writing instructor Sheila Bender founded her own website Writing It Real in 2002 after publishing several books on writing, writing for Writer’s Digest magazine and publishing a book of her poems. She wanted to deliver help to those who write from personal experience, whether in the form of poetry, personal essay, memoir, short fiction, or longer fiction.

And in case you missed it, you can check out Molly Best Tinsley’s piece on enabling voice HERE, which was recently featured on Sheila Bender’s inspiring Writing It Real website!

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