Wednesday, 23. July 2014 - 10:07
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Celebrated novelist and political commentator Amos Oz has been in Bucharest since yesterday (Mon) for a series of events celebrating his successful literary career. Last night he held a conference at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest together with philosopher Gabriel Liiceanu, the president of Humanitas Publishing House that prints his books in Romania.
This morning he was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa title of the University of Bucharest.
Famous for his outspoken political views, Oz, a staunch supporter of a two-state solution in the Middle East conflict, that created him many problems in his homeland, depicted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as "a quarrel between children, between the sons of the same violent father, that see in each other the image of the same tyrant from the past."
"Israel is not a nation, is not a people, nor a country. It is a market heated by arguments," he said. And yet, Oz says he loves Israel even when he cannot stand it any longer in the same way as he loves Europe, that he calls his "love disillusion".
During the conference at the Athenaeum, Oz also talked about his personal experience as an author and what triggers his imagination. "I wake up at 5am and I take a short walk in the desert, afterwards I drink a cup of coffee, I sit at my desk and ask myself: What if I would be her or him (the characters)," he told the audience.
"This is my job. I imagine other people and this comes out of curiosity. I also think an inquisitive person is a better lover than a non inquisitive person," he said.
"Schizophrenia is not the worst thing that could happen to someone. (…) If I’d be a doctor I would prescribe for each a small dose, not too much, a gram of schizophrenia.
The books of the multi-awarded Israeli novelist have been translated into 41 languages worldwide. His best sellers include My Michael, To Know a Woman, Don't Call It Night, and The Same Sea. Most recently, his memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness, received the Koret Jewish Book Award.
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