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Beautifully written exploration of love and betrayal...
Oz juxtaposes the insights derived by a young man employed and accommodated in a household of unconventional Zionists in the 1940s and '50s with the role of Judas in Jesus' crucifixion.
Oz writes tenderly about love, coming of age, and alternative views of an imagined future. He explores the freezing out of Zionists who conceptualised a state that would accommodate both Jews and Palestinians in a widely democratic and diverse state and society. Alongside this he portrays Judas as a spy turned disciple, encouraging Jesus to travel to Jerusalem where he will not only be crucified as a threat to Roman power, but will demonstrate his divine status. An act of treachery led to recognition of godliness.
More generally, can acting to protect a hard-fought ideal be both treacherous and a demonstration of love?
Terrifically read, thought provoking, stirring and contemporary...
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