Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888-1970) Jewish novelist and short story-writer. Agnon was born in Galicia and went to Palestine in 1908. He won the Nobel Prize in 1966, but has never been a best seller except in Jewish communities.
He is a writer of genius, although he is less accessible than I. B. Singer. One of his achievements is the creation of an acceptable modern vernacular in Hebrew; he based his style on the Talmud, in which he was learned. The Bridal Canopy which is regarded as his greatest novel, has a Don Quixote theme, but is set in nineteenth-century Galicia, and is fascinatingly rich in allusion to its customs.
Only Afterwards (1947) deals with modern Israel. Agnon has long been regarded by his Jewish readers as the leading Hebrew epic writer, and as a master of the use of symbolism.
Selected Works & Recommended Reading
The Bridal Canopy
Of Such and Of Such, a collection of stories, including "And the Crooked Shall Be Made Straight", "Forsaken Wives", and "In the Heart of Seas".
At the Handles of the Lock
A Guest for the Night
Near and Apparent, a collection of stories
Thus Far, a collection of stories
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