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To This Day, by Nobel Prize Winner, S.Y. Agnon


Hardcover: ISBN: 978 1 59264 214 4 Pages: c.200 US$24.95 UK£14.99 CANADA $24.95
Paperback: ISBN-13: 978 1 59264 260 1 Pages: c.250 USA $14.95 UK £9.99 Canada $14.95
Publication date: April 2008

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To This Day, Nobel prizewinner S.Y. Agnon’s last novel (first published in Hebrew in 1952), is also his last to be translated into English. It is a brilliantly accomplished and haunting work. On the surface it is a comically entertaining tale of a young writer—a Galician Jew who has lived in Palestine, returns to Europe on the eve of World War I, and is now stranded in Berlin— who wanders from rented room to rented room in a city with a severe wartime housing shortage. On a deeper level it is a profound commentary on exile, Zionism, divine providence, human egoism, and other typically Agnonian concerns. A truly satisfying novel to complete the Agnon canon.

To This Day (Ad Hena) has been translated by the eminent translator and critic, Hillel Halkin, who has also contributed an outstanding analysis of the work in an extensive introduction.


About the Author

S. Y. AgnonShmuel Yosef Agnon (1888- 1970) who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966, was born in Buczacz, Eastern Galicia. Raised in a mixed cultural atmosphere in which Yiddish was the language of the home, and Hebrew the language of the Bible and the Talmud which he studied formally until the age of nine, Agnon also acquired a knowledge of German literature from his mother, and of the teachings of Maimonides and of the Hassidim from his father. In 1907 he left home and made his way to Palestine, where, except for an extended stay in Germany from 1913 to 1924, he remained.
Agnon began writing the stories which form a chronicle of the decline of Jewry in Galicia at an early age. Included among these is his first major publication, Hakhnasat Kalah (The Bridal Canopy), 1922, which re-creates the golden age of Hassidism, and his apocalyptic novel, Oreach Nata Lalun (A Guest for the Night), 1939, which vividly depicts the ruin of Galicia after the First World War. Nearly all of his other writings are set in his adopted Palestine and deal with the replacement of the early Jewish settlement of that country by the more organized Zionist movement after the Second World War. The early pioneer immigrants are portrayed in his epic Temol Shilshom (Only Yesterday), 1945, and also in the nightmarish stories of Sefer Hamaasim (The Book of Deeds), 1932.

 
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