Oct 30, 2016
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
|Where||Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue, Cambridge|
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Technion-UK Cambridge Group presents:
Judas by Amos Oz
A talk by Professor Nicholas de Lange
Venue: Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue, Cambridge
Time: Sunday 30th October, 2016, 3–5pm
Entry by donation to Technion-UK, Refreshments provided
The latest novel by leading Israeli writer Amos Oz was published in English in September. The translator, Nicholas de Lange, will introduce the book and read some extracts. Judas operates in three time periods: the divided Jerusalem of the late 1950s; Palestine during the fateful months of 1947–48, when its future after British rule was being decided; and the time nineteen centuries earlier when Jesus of Nazareth was preaching his message of love and redemption in Galilee and ultimately facing death on the cross.
The theme uniting these three periods is that of betrayal—hence the title of the book. The name of Judas, Jesus’ disciple, has become a synonym of treachery. But betrayal is not always all it seems, and we are all capable of betraying our families, our friends, our principles and our beliefs.
Nicholas de Lange is one of the best-known translators of contemporary Hebrew fiction. He has won prizes for his translations of previous books by Amos Oz, such as Black Box and The Same Sea. He is currently translating one of the greatest works of Israeli literature: Days of Ziklag by S. Yizhar.