Amos Oz, birth name Amos Klausner, is an Israeli writer, novelist, and journalist. He is also a professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva. Since 1967, he has been a prominent advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Oz was awarded his country’s most prestigious prize, the Israel Prize for Literature, in 1998, the fiftieth anniversary year of Israel’s independence. In 2005, he was awarded the Goethe Prize from the city of Frankfurt, which in the past has been awarded to the likes of Sigmund Freud and Thomas Mann, for his life’s work. He has written 18 books in Hebrew, and about 450 articles and essays and his works have been translated into 30 languages.
Oz was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in 2007.