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Agnon, Shmuel Yosef


Born 1888 in Buczacz, East Galicia. Jewish writer residing in Israel. Writes in Hebrew. Member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language; Nobel Prize laureate in 1966.

Agnon arrived in Palestine in 1909; his first work published there was the story “Forsaken Wives.” The novel The Bridal Canopy (1931) brought him fame. Its characters are poor but jolly folk who never despair. His novels A Sandy Knoll (1935) and Recently (1946–47), as well as such novellas as A Simple Story (1935) and In the Heart of the Seas (1935), are realistic and imbued with a fine psychological perception. Chapters from the Government’s Book is sharply satirical. A Guest for the Night and The Lady and the Peddler are full of wrath against the forces of reaction.


Kol Sippurav, vols. 1–7. Jerusalem-Tel Aviv, 1960.
In Russian translation:
“Iz nedruga v druga.” In the collection Iskatel’zhemchuga. Moscow, 1966.


Lichtenbaum, J. Ha-Sippur ha-Ivri. Tel Aviv, 1960.


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