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amos oz | how would i like to write?

AMOS OZ

How would I like to write?
Like an old Greek who calls up the dead and shakes up the living. Or like a snowman passing alone and barefoot. To record the mountain to note the sea with a fine tip, like sketching out a pattern for embroidery. To write like a Russian travelling merchant making his way from here to China. He finds a shack. And sketches it. In the evening he looks, in the night he draws, and he finishes before dawn. Then he pays and goes on his way with the break of day.

[from THE SAME SEA. Harcourt, 1999]

4 Comments

  1. Alice D'Alessio

    July 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    So glad to see this, Norb. My favorite book. And thanks for the photo – I could love this man.
    Hope you are gaining…
    XXX

  2. Another book I just have to buy. Lovely.

  3. Phil Hansotia

    July 27, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I guess many of us could identify with him. Hope you are feeling much better and regaining strength. Phil.

  4. An amused expression, a teasing, of the delicate cadence of his words that follow, spinning pirouettes across the landscape of the screen.

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