Acclaimed Israeli writer and peace activist Amos Oz dies at 79

JERUSALEM — Israeli writer Amoz Oz, one of the country’s most widely acclaimed writers and a pre-eminent voice in its embattled peace movement, died on Friday after a battle with cancer, his family announced. He was 79.

His daughter, Fania Oz-Salzberger, announced her father’s death on Twitter.

“My beloved father, Amos Oz, a wonderful family man, an author, a man of peace and moderation, died today peacefully after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his lovers and knew it to the end. May his good legacy continue to amend the world,” she wrote.

Oz was known around the world for his dozens of novels, essays and prose about life in Israel, including a well-received memoir, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.” Natalie Portman directed and starred in a movie adaption in 2015.

Oz won some of the literary world’s most prestigious honors, including the Goethe Prize and the French Knight’s Cross of the Legion D’Honneur, received honorary doctorates and was a perennial candidate for the Nobel Prize in literature.

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