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S. Y. Agnon: A Simple Story

(Fiction, 246 pp. Hebrew, 1935; English translation, 1985)

By no means simple, this quasi-love story and portrait of bourgeois life by the only Nobel laureate to write in Hebrew renders with deft, comic touches the microcosmic inner workings of a small town in Ukraine at the turn of the 20th century.   

  • Guide from the Yiddish Book Center’s Jewish Reader, January 2003
  • Review by Bezalel Stern,
  • Video session on the book led by Rabbi Jeffry Saks
  • Review by Robert Alter, New York Times Book Review, 12/22/1985
  • Agnon’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech