'Amos Oz Spent His Whole Life With a Black Hole Inside and Nothing Could Fill It'

In a book written at Amos Oz’s request, Nurith Gertz interweaves his biography with the story of their friendship, and reveals the feelings of trauma and remorse that plagued him

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Nurith Gertz.
Nurith Gertz.Credit: Photo by Hanan Assor; makeup by Anat Neumann
Gili Izikovich
Gili Izikovich

The accident, a road accident, happened at the end of the summer of 1976. Amos Oz, who was then 37, was driving, and his two adolescent daughters were with him in the car. Fania, the elder, emerged unscathed; Gallia was lightly injured. Oz himself was badly hurt. His friend, literary scholar and author Nurith Gertz, managed to get to see him at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in Jerusalem, to which he was rushed, before he was taken, semi-conscious, into surgery.