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A Guest for the Night: A Novel (Library Of World Fiction) Paperback – September 27, 2004

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"After sixty five years since its original publication in Hebrew and a Holocaust, A Guest for the Night has not lost its poignancy. Written from the perspective of the returning native son who is painfully aware that you cannot go home again, the novel describes a Jewish society in a liminal state—a society which war destroyed and the winds of modernity, socialism, and Zionism disintegrated. Its transformation was still incomplete, yet its potential future was waiting in the wings. But history turned the future of the characters in the novel into the world's worst nightmare, and, for the modern reader, the novel itself into a prelude to tragedy."—Dan Ben-Amos

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Text: English, Hebrew (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Library Of World Fiction
  • Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (September 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299206440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299206444
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,487,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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S.Y. Agnon (1888-1970) was the central figure of modern Hebrew literature, and the 1966 Nobel Prize laureate for his body of writing. Born in the Galician town of Buczacz (in today's western Ukraine), as Shmuel Yosef Czaczkes, he arrived in 1908 in Jaffa, Ottoman Palestine, where he adopted the penname Agnon and began a meteoric rise as a young writer. Between the years 1912 and 1924 he spent an extended sojourn in Germany, where he married and had two children, and came under the patronage of Shlomo Zalman Schocken and his publishing house, allowing Agnon to dedicate himself completely to his craft. After a house fire in 1924 destroyed his library and the manuscripts of unpublished writings, he returned to Jerusalem where he lived for the remainder of his life. His works deal with the conflict between traditional Jewish life and language and the modern world, and constitute a distillation of millennia of Jewish writing - from the Bible through the Rabbinic codes to Hasidic storytelling - recast into the mold of modern literature.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A Allbright on February 10, 2013
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This is a book that at first is hard to read. So to understand it you have to read slowly and just a chapter a day, maybe. The main character loves the 'Land of Israel' that is what he says, never jus Israel. He gives us Jewish wisdom in a subtle way. In a way that you will remember it at odd times. He loses his overcoat and one day he sees it on another and it looks happy! Noting the fact that the garment doesn't miss him at all and the fact that the body misses the garment. Then the passover meal is prepared and the participants left the house and while gone someone broke into the home and stole the food. It gave a feeling of great loss. I first purchased the book when it came out then lost it then bought a used one from Amazon. Now this is the third time I have purchased this book for a friend. The guest spent a lot of time in the Beit Midrash, studying the Scriptures with others. I moved from the country where I spent many hours simply studying. Now I call it my Beit Midrash.
Thank you Amazon for the opportunity to purchase books we love,
Patricia A
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