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Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Awards: Nobel Prize in Literature-1966 jointly with Nelly Sachs

Nobel Committee in its citation stated that the prize was given for "his profoundly characteristic narrative art with motifs from the life of the Jewish people. "

Born: 17/07/1888 in Buczacz, Galicia now in Ukraine

Died:  17/02/1970 in Jerusalem

Citizen: Poland/ Israel

Language: Yiddish & Hebrew

Agnon is considered as the Father of Modern Hebrew fiction. His works lucidly narrate the conflict between traditional Jewish literature and the modern world. He did not have any formal school education and privately studied Jewish texts and literature. At the age of 15, he published his first poem in Yiddish. In the year 1908, he migrated to Jaffa and wrote under the pen-name Agnon. In 1913, he moved to Germany where he met Salman Schoeken who became his publisher and literary mentor. In 1924, a major fire broke out in his residence in Germany destroying many rare books. In 1928, he returned to Jerusalem and stayed there. for the rest of his life. In 1931, he published Bridal Canopy, which brought him international acclaim and secured his pre-eminent position in Hebrew literature.

 Notable Works:     Agunot                                          -- Forsaken Wives(1908/),Hallkhnasat Kallah (in 2 volumes) --The Bridal Canopy (1922/1937/), Oreach Nata Lalun- A Guest for the Night (1938/191968) ,Tmol Shilshom -- The Day Before Yesterday(/1945), Shira-- Shira (1971)

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