How to Cure a Fanatic
Amos Oz


Internationally acclaimed novelist Amos Oz grew up in war-torn Jerusalem, where as a boy he witnessed firsthand the poisonous consequences of fanaticism. In two concise, powerful essays, the award-winning author offers unique insight into the true nature of extremism and proposes a reasoned and respectful approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also comments on related issues—the Gaza pullout, Yasser Arafat's death, and the war in Iraq—in an extended interview at the end of the book.

The brilliant clarity of these essays, coupled with Oz’s ironic sense of humor in illuminating the serious, breathes new life into this old debate. Oz argues that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a war of religion or cultures or traditions, but rather a real estate dispute—one that will be resolved not by greater understanding, but by painful compromise.

Fresh, insightful, and inspiring, How to Cure a Fanatic brings a new voice of sanity to the cacophony on Israeli-Palestinian relations—a voice no one can afford to ignore.

Amos Oz is the author of many novels and essay collections. His recent books include A Tale of Love and Darkness, Rhyming Life and Death and Scenes from a Village Life. His articles and essays, and his political role as a leading proponent of a two-state solution, have made him an important figure in Israel and throughout the world.