A Perfect Peace

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A Perfect Peace
A Perfect Peace cover.jpg
Cover of First U.S. Edition
Author Amos Oz
Original title מנוחה נכונה
Translator Hillel Halkin
Country Israel
Language Hebrew
Genre Literary fiction
Publisher Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 374
ISBN 0-15-171696-X

A Perfect Peace (Hebrew: מנוחה נכונה‎) is a 1982 novel by Israeli author Amos Oz that was originally published in Hebrew by Am Oved. It was translated by Hillel Halkin and published in the United States by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1985.


Set in Israel during the eighteen months leading up to the Six-Day War, the novel portrays life on a fictional kibbutz, Granot, where the founding generation and their children struggle to come to terms with each other and the ideological tensions within Israeli society. Oz documents the gap between the socialist dream of the founders and the strained realities of Israeli life, but it is also, according to the author, a mystical tale about "the secret merger between six or seven very different human beings who become a family in the deepest sense of the term."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

A Perfect Peace was hailed by Publishers Weekly as "magnificent" upon its release and described by The Washington Post Book World as Oz's "strangest, riskiest, and richest novel". It won the Bernstein Prize in 1983.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Balaban, Avraham. Between God and Beast: An Examination of Amos Oz's Prose (Penn State University Press, 1993), pp. 110–30, 211-29.
  • Mazor, Yair. Somber Lust: The Art of Amos Oz, trans. Marganit Weinberger-Rotman (State University of New York Press, 2002), pp. 139–57.


  1. ^ Quoted in Grace Schulman (June 2, 1985), "Summer Reading: Fiction That is Worlds Apart", The New York Times (accessed March 27, 2013).
  2. ^ "Amos Oz - Prizes, Awards, and Honors". Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Retrieved 21 February 2016.