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Shmuel Yosef Agnon was born Shmuel Yosef Halevi Czaczkes in 1888 in Galicia, Austria-Hungary (now Poland). He received training in Yiddish, Hebrew and the Talmud from his father, and was introduced to German literature by his mother. When he was fifteen, his first poems, written in Yiddish and näytä lisää Hebrew, were published in the newspaper. He took his pen name, later his legal name, S.Y. Agnon, from the title of his first story Agunot, published in 1909. He lived and worked in Palestine from 1907 until his death in 1970, except for an eleven year stay in Germany. He was buried on the Mount of Olives. Agnon was a prolific novelist and short-story writer. After his move to Jerusalem from Germany, Agnon began writing about the decline of Jewry in Galicia. His first major publication was a two-volume novel, Hakhnasat Kalah (The Bridal Canopy), 1932, which recreates the golden age of Hassidism. Ore'ah Nata' Lalun (A Guest for the Night), 1939, is an apocalyptic novel depicting the ruin of Galicia after World War I. 'Tmol Shilshom (Only Yesterday), published in 1946, is considered his greatest novel, portraying the early pioneer immigrants to Palestine. A great many of his later books are set in his adopted Palestine and deal with the replacement of early Jewish settlements after World War II. Agnon received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966, boosting interest in his work outside of Israel. About 85 of Agnon's works have been translated into at least 18 languages. Agnon was made an honorary citizen of Jerusalem in 1962. His portrait appears on the Israeli Fifty New Sheqalim banknote. Other works include Sefer Hamaasim (The Book of Deeds ), published in 1932, Pat Shlema (A Whole Loaf ), from 1933, Shevuat Emunim (Two Tales), 1943, and Kol Sipurav Shel Sh. Y. Agnon ( The Collected Works in 11 volumes), 1931-62. (Bowker Author Biography) Agnon was born in Galicia, the former Austrian crown land in east central Europe. In his home he was influenced by rabbinical and Hasidic traditions and the reviving spirit of European culture, Agnon began writing Hebrew and Yiddish at the age of eight. He contributed poetry and prose to periodicals, such as Ha-Mizpeh and Der Juedische Wecker. After he immigrated to Palestine in 1907, he no longer wrote in Yiddish. He chose the pen name "Agnon" from the title of his first novel, Agunot (Forsaken Wives); its meaning is "cut off" in Hebrew. From 1912 to 1914 Agnon lived in Germany, where he met Salman Schocken and convinced him that someone should undertake the publishing of Hebrew books. In 1931 Berlin Schocken Verlag published four volumes of Agnon's collected works in Hebrew. Agnon was awarded the Bialik Prize for literature in 1934, and in 1936 the Jewish Theological Seminary of America made him an honorary Doctor of Hebrew Letters. Other honors followed, including the Israel Prize in 1954 and 1958. In 1966 he became the first Israeli to receive the Nobel Prize for literature, which was awarded jointly to the Swedish writer Nelly Sachs. Agnon often deals with philosophical and psychological problems in a miraculous or supernatural manner. Reality is colored in a dreamlike atmosphere. Agnon is concerned with contemporary problems of a spiritual nature-the disintegration of traditional life, loss of faith and identity, and loneliness. At the center of his work is the Jew in various manifestations: a person of faith, a nihilist, a victim of pogroms and the Holocaust, a pioneer, and a saint. Creating a unique Hebrew prose style, his works link historic Jewish piety and martyrdom with longing for Israel. Yet they have universal appeal to the modern reader. Agnon himself has said: "I am not a modern writer. I am astounded that I even have one reader. I don't see the reader before me... No, I see before me only the Hebrew letter saying 'write me thus and not thus.' I, to my regret, am like the wicked Balaam. It is written of him that "the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak"' (The New York Times). (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

In the Heart of the Seas (1934) 197 kappaletta
Only Yesterday (1946) 168 kappaletta
Betrothed / Edo and Enam (1958) 155 kappaletta
A Simple Story (1935) 153 kappaletta
The Bridal Canopy (1931) 145 kappaletta
A Guest for the Night (1938) 145 kappaletta
Twenty-One Stories (1970) 133 kappaletta
Shira (1656) 73 kappaletta
To This Day (2008) 53 kappaletta
Nobel Prize Library: Agnon, Andric (1971) — Tekijä — 28 kappaletta
Agnon's Alef Bet: Poems (1998) 27 kappaletta
Tehilla and Other Israeli Tales (1956) 21 kappaletta
Uskollisuuden vala (1943) 19 kappaletta
Racconti di Gerusalemme (2000) 18 kappaletta
A City In Its Fullness (2016) 17 kappaletta
In Mr. Lublin's Store (1997) 16 kappaletta
על כפות המנעול (1998) 13 kappaletta
סיפורי הבעש"ט (1987) 12 kappaletta
I havets mitt och andra noveller (1994) 10 kappaletta
Den bortdrivne (1938) 9 kappaletta
אלו ואלו 9 kappaletta
סמוך ונראה (1994) 8 kappaletta
Selected stories of S. Y. Agnon (1970) 8 kappaletta
האש והעצים 7 kappaletta
Liefdesverhalen (1990) 7 kappaletta
תכריך של סיפורים (1984) 6 kappaletta
Nel fiore degli anni (1996) 5 kappaletta
Forevermore & Other Stories (2017) 5 kappaletta
פתחי דברים 4 kappaletta
Buch der Taten (1995) 3 kappaletta
Yidishe Verk 3 kappaletta
קורות בתינו (1979) 2 kappaletta
קורות בתינו 2 kappaletta
מסוד חכמים (2002) 2 kappaletta
Opere 1 kappale
At father's home (2019) 1 kappale
"Ido i Ėĭnam" 1 kappale
Valaha régen 1 kappale
Tılsım 1 kappale
סיפור פשוט (1993) 1 kappale
Evig fred (2001) 1 kappale
TWO TALES 1 kappale
Der Treuschwur 1 kappale
TILSIM 1 kappale

Associated Works

Great Jewish Short Stories (1963) — Tekijä, eräät painokset236 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Avustaja — 127 kappaletta
The Jewish caravan : great stories of twenty-five centuries (1935) — Avustaja, eräät painokset124 kappaletta
A golden treasury of Jewish literature (1937) — Avustaja — 74 kappaletta
Meesters der Hebreeuwse vertelkunst — Tekijä — 17 kappaletta
Moderne joodse verhalen (1964) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
In Davids Laube : Erzählungen aus Israel — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Kanoninen nimi
Agnon, Samuel Josef
Virallinen nimi
שמואל יוסף עגנון
Muut nimet
Agnon, Shmuel Yosef
Agnon, S.Y.
Agnon, Samuel Josef
Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel
Buchach, Galicia
Buczacz, Poland
Jeruzalem, Israël
Buchach, Galicia (birthplace)
Ottoman Palestine
Jaffa, Israel
Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel
schooled by his parents
short story writer
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Nobelin kirjallisuuspalkinto (1966)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Shmuel Yosef Agnon, known in English as S.Y. Agnon, was born in Galicia (now part of Ukraine) and emigrated to Palestine in 1908. He spent the years 1913 through 1924 in Germany, where he met and married Esther Marx, with whom he had two children. In 1924, he brought his family to Jerusalem, where he lived for the rest of his life. A prolific novelist and short-story writer from an early age, Agnon received numerous awards for his work, including the Nobel Prize for Literature (shared with Nelly Sachs) in 1966 and the Israel Prize on two occasions. He is often cited as one of the great storytellers of our time and for his wit and comic mastery. Agnon is among the most widely-written about and widely-translated of all Hebrew authors. His style and language influenced today's generation of writers. In much of his work, Agnon tried to recapture the lives and traditions of Jews of a former time, and often dealt with important psychological and philosophical questions. After his death in 1970, his daughter Emuna Yaron continued to publish his work posthumously.
aka S.Y. Agnon



I loved the first tale, 'The Betrothed,' because it's a love story involving a marine biologist who has to choose between half a dozen women and yet there's nothing here that feels remarkably chauvinistic. The second left me cold - I couldn't get into it, and the names were all so similar that when something dramatic happened, I wasn't sure who it was happening to.
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soylentgreen23 | 1 muu arvostelu | Sep 16, 2023 |
His last (and shortest) novel. The story operates, I suppose, on two levels. The plot revolves around a (European) writer who lived in Palestine but returns to Europe on the eve of World War I. He becomes stranded in Berlin and the book is nothing more or less than the story of his wanderings from rented room to rented room in a city with a severe wartime housing shortage. That’s it. One could read many things into it: a commentary on exile, on Zionism, on egoism, and so forth. It is not the first thing I’ve read by him and it will not be the last, but although it read easily and was even entertaining from time to time, I found it just a little too slight for my taste.… (lisätietoja)
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Gypsy_Boy | 1 muu arvostelu | Aug 24, 2023 |
A mythic and poetic journey of the faithful to Israel.
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brakketh | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 5, 2023 |
I may not have read this book in the correct reading mode, because renovations to our house are currently taking up a large part of my attention and energy. And this book requires you to fully immerse yourself in it. It is actually a kind of frame story, based on the adventures of the Jewish rabbi Yudel and his friend Nuta, in what is now western Ukraine. It completely immerses you in the rich Jewish life that flourished in Eastern Europe in the early 20th century. This book has been repeatedly compared to Cervantes' Don Quixote, and indeed it is probably best read as an edifying comedy. But, as I said, the endless sequence of stories didn't captivate me, and I gave up after 100 pages. Maybe I should pick up the thread again after my renovations.… (lisätietoja)
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bookomaniac | May 23, 2022 |



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