How to Cure a Fanatic, Paperback
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Includes a new interview with Amos Oz. Internationally acclaimed novelist Amos Oz grew up in war-torn Jerusalem, where as a boy he witnessed first-hand the poisonous consequences of fanaticism.

In How To Cure a Fanatic Amos Oz analyses the historical roots of violence and confronts truths about the extremism nurtured throughout society.

By bringing us face to face with fanaticism he suggests ways in which we can all respond.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780099572725



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Despite it being a wee book, it was still a little difficult for me to read because I feel so utterly ill-informed when it comes to the Israel/Palestine conflict. There's a lot here I found myself agreeing with, but there's also much here that felt slightly naive and simplistic (possibly a little one-sided), but then for all I know I may be wrong on all counts because of a lack of understanding. Overall, one idea I agreed with was of neighbours learning to live with each other, rather than loving each other. However, I'm still unsure of Amoz's views on how this can be achieved - but again, must cite ignorance as a contributing factor to why I am unsure.<br/><br/>It's worth a read though.

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