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A Guest for the Night: A Novel (1938)

by S. Y. Agnon

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Jews--Europe, Eastern--Fiction.
  icm | Oct 3, 2008 |
I guess this is a great book. It is long. The author develops an original narrative style which I assume is based on rhythms in the Torah. He paints an in-depth picture of a time & place, East Europe (Austria) between the Wars, when all the changes wrought by WW1 were playing out but the specific threats of the Nazis were not yet apparent. People thought they had choices, they went to America, they went to IPalestine ("The Land"), they stayed there. It is an amazing story of a history that stopped. The narrator is forced out of Palestine by violence so he goes back to where he grew up, and he contrasts what used to be with what now is.
  franoscar | Feb 14, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0299206440, Paperback)

Hailed as one of Agnon’s most significant works, A Guest for the Night depicts Jewish life in Eastern Europe after World War I. A man journeys from Israel to his hometown in Europe, saddened to find so many friends taken by war, pogrom, or disease. In this vanishing world of traditional values, he confronts the loss of faith and trust of a younger generation. This 1939 novel reveals Agnon’s vision of his people’s past, tragic present, and hope for the future.

Cited by National Yiddish Book Center as one of "The Greatest Works of Modern Jewish Literature"

The Wisconsin edition is not for sale in the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, or the traditional British Commonwealth (excluding Canada.)

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"Hailed as one of Agnon's most significant works, A Guest for the Night depicts Jewish life in Eastern Europe after World War I. A man journeys from Israel to his hometown in Europe, saddened to find so many friends taken by war, pogrom, or disease. In this vanishing world of traditional values, he confronts the loss of faith and trust of a younger generation. This 1939 novel reveals Agnon's vision of his people's past, tragic present, and hope for the future."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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