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Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 126

In his novels and nonfiction, Amos Oz reflects on aspects of Israeli life both before and after the War of Independence. His characters interact with the land around them and with the uncertainties of life for both Arabs and Jews. The creation of a Jewish state provides a refuge for the Jews but creates new problems because of the conflict with Palestinians.

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The absence of solutions to these problems comes from the fact that societies are simply families on a larger scale. After thousands of years of living in families, human beings have yet to figure out how to communicate with one another or to promote the welfare of others. Oz describes how countries and societies are equally unable to communicate and to live together harmoniously.

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