A book that was lost and other stories

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Schoken, 1995 - Fiction - 436 pages
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Many storytellers have arisen to tell the story of East European Jewry, but the achievement of S.Y. Agnon remains singular. His canvas is wider, his erudition vaster, his humor wittier, his irony subtler. Above all, like any great writer, his art transcends the limits of its ostensible subject. To be sure, Agnon's writing is inseparably entwined with the very particular culture of Polish Jewry and its continuation in the Land of Israel. At the same time, however, his art explores the universal questions that preoccupy great writing in all modern cultures: the fragmentary and fallen nature of human experience after the collapse of community and faith, and, as a counterbalance, the turn toward writing with its mythic possibilities and its linguistic and textual playfulness.

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A BOOK THAT WAS LOST: and Other Stories

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Twenty-five stories by the late giant of modern Hebrew literature. Some of these tales—11 in all—appeared in Twenty-One Stories (1970); over half are appearing in English for the first time. In ... Read full review

A book that was lost and other stories

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This posthumous collection of short stories by Hebrew literature's only Nobelist (Shira, LJ 9/15/89) includes many pieces that are appearing in English for the first time complete with an ... Read full review


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Agnon won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1966.

Alan Mintz is Kekst Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. His books include Translating Israel: Contemporary Hebrew Literature and Its Reception in America (2001) and The Boom in Contemporary Israeli Fiction (UPNE, 1997) .

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