To This Day by S. Y. Agnon

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On the surface, To This Day, is a comic tale of a young writer stranded in Berlin, but on a deeper level, it is a profound commentary on exile, Zionism, divine providence, and human egoism.
 

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S. Y. Agnon (1887-1970) was born Shmuel-Yoysef Tshatshkes in the Jewish town of Butshatsh in eastern Galicia, formerly a Polish region. In 1908 he went with the Second Aliya to Palestine, where he published several early masterpieces in Hebrew. In 1912-1924 he lived in Germany and was regularly supported by the publisher and Zionist Sh.-Z. Schocken. From 1924 Agnon lived mostly in Jerusalem. In 1966 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Among his works translated into English are "A Simple Story, The Bridal Canopy, Days of Awe, In the Heart of the Seas," and "Shira. An author, journalist, and internationally reknowned, awarding-winning translator, Hillel Halkin has translated several novels from Hebrew into English.
 
Published April 1, 2008 by The Toby Press. 250 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eventually abandoning his mission, he heads back to Berlin where he moves among boarding houses, befriending the various proprietors and their daughters, meeting war-damaged friends at nightclubs and observing in his detached manner the desperation and decadence of a society on the brink.

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The Jewish Chronicle

SY Agnon was one of that extraordinary group of Jewish writers born in Galicia in the late 19th century, along with Bruno Schulz and Joseph Roth.

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The Jewish Chronicle

And there is enough in the book to suggest that we need to set against the narrator’s naive and unquestioning Zionism the views of other characters, who argue that it is the destiny of Jews to wander for ever in countries not their own, living temporarily in rooms that do not belong to them, and ...

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