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S. Agnon

Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1887-1970), the greatest Hebrew writer of the 20th century, was born in the western Ukraine and immigrated to Palestine in 1908. Four years later he sailed back to Europe where he spent the war years before returning to Palestine/Israel for good in 1924, settling in Jerusalem and reverting to the Orthodoxy of his youth. He is the author of six novels and many works of shorter fiction. Agnon was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966.

To This Day, the slimmest of Agnon's novels, was published in 1951 and is only now appearing in English. We present here the first seven of its fifteen chapters, translated and with an Afterword by Hillel Halkin. The entire volume will be brought out by Toby Press later this month.

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