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Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888-1970) was born Shmuel Yosef Czaczkes in Buczacz, Galicia, and became 1966 Nobel Prize laureate in Literature. He was born to an affluent and urbane family where traditional Jewish culture dwelt side by side with modern European culture. While his father taught him rabbinical legends, his mother read him German stories.
Agnon began to write in both Hebrew and Yiddish at the age of eight and started to publish at the age of fifteen. He left Buczacz in January 1907 for Jaffa and never again wrote in Yiddish. But by that time, he had published some seventy pieces in Hebrew and Yiddish.
In Jaffa, Agnon gave private lessons and occasionally worked as a clerk. In 1908 he published his first story in Eretz Israel, Agunot (Forsaken Souls), using the pseudonym Agnon. In 1924 he took Agnon as his official family name.
In 1913, drawn by Germany's lively Jewish cultural life, he left Eretz Israel. While there, he married Esther Marx and the couple had two children. At first, Agnon gave private lessons and worked as an editor. Later, a wealthy Jewish businessman, Zalman Schocken, became his patron and published his works. Agnon read German and French literature extensively, became a member of a circle of Hebrew writers in Hamburg and collaborated with Martin Buber on a collection of Hassidic stories. In 1924 fire swept his home and destroyed all his books and manuscripts, including the novel, In the Bond of Life, whose imminent publication had already been announced. He returned to Jerusalem where he lived until his death. Several of his works were published posthumously by his daughter, Emmuna Yaron.
Called "a man of unquestionable genius" and "one of the great storytellers of our time," S.Y. Agnon is among the most effusively-praised and widely-translated Hebrew authors. His unique style and language have influenced later generations of Hebrew authors. In addition to the 1966 Nobel Prize for Literature, Agnon received numerous literary awards, including the Israel Prize on two occasions. In 2007, his work was named among the ten most important in modern Hebrew literature. 

Books Published in Hebrew

Collected Stories of S.Y. Agnon, Schocken, 1st ed., Vols. I-VI, Berlin; Vols. VII, VIII, Jerusalem; Vols. IX-XI, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, 1931-1952 (CS)
Collected Works of S.Y. Agnon, Schocken, 8 vols, Tel Aviv, 1953-62 (CW)
Posthumous Works, Schocken, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, 1971-2002 (PW)

And the Crooked Shall Be Made Straight (novella), Brenner, 1912 [Ve-Haya He-Akov Le-Mishor]
The Dune, Judischer Verlag, Berlin: 1920 [Giv'at Ha-Chol] 
The Legend of the Scribe (novella), 1929 [Agadat Ha-Sofer]
The Bridal Canopy (novel), Schocken, 1931 (CS-I, II) [Hachnasat Kalah]
From Then and From Now (stories), Schocken, 1931 (CS-III) [Me-Az U-Me-Ata]
Love Stories (stories), Schocken, 1931 (CS-IV) [Sipurei Ahavim]
In the Heart of Seas (novella), Schocken, 1935 [Bi-Lvav Yamim]
A Simple Story (novel), Schocken, 1935 (CS-V) [Sipur Pashut]
Peacefully (stories), Schocken, 1935 (CS-VI) [Be-Shuva Ve-Nahat]
Days of Awe (Exegesis), Schocken, 1938 [Yamim Noraim]
A Guest for the Night (novel), Schocken, 1939 (CS-VIII) [Oreah Natah Lalun]
Of Such and Of Such (stories), Schocken, 1941 (CS-VIII) [Elu Va-Elu] 1953 (CW- II, same title, diff. stories)
The Book of Deeds (stories), Schocken, 1941 [Sefer Ha-Ma’asim]
Betrothed (novella), Schocken, 1943 [Shevuat Emunim]
Yesteryear (novel), Schocken, 1945 (CS-IX) [Tmol Shilshom]
Near and Apparent (stories), Schocken, 1951 (CS-X) [Samuch Ve-Nireh]
To This Day (stories), Schocken, 1952 (CS-XI) [Ad Hena]
At the Handles of the Lock (stories), Schocken, 1953 (CW-III) [Al Kapot Ha-Man’ul]
The Fire and the Wood (stories), Schocken, 1962 (CW-VIII) [Ha-Esh Ve-ha-Etzim]

Shirah (novel), Schocken, 1971; 1999 (PW) [Shira]
A City and the Fullness Thereof (stories), Schocken, 1973; 1999 (PW) [Ir U-Meloa]       
In Mr. Lublin’s Shop (novel), Schocken, 1974; 2001 (PW) [Be-Hanuto Shel Mar Lublin]
Within the Wall (stories), Schocken, 1975; 2001 (PW) [Lifnim Min Ha-Homa]
From Myself to Myself (non-fiction), Schocken, 1976; 2000 (PW) [Me-Atzmi El Atzmi]
Introductions (stories), Schocken, 1977; 2001 (PW) [Pithei Devarim]
Book, Writer and Story (stories), Schocken, 1978; 2000 (PW) [Sefer Sofer Ve-Sipur]
The Beams of our House (stories), Schocken, 1979; 2001 (PW) [Korot Bateinu]
Dear Esther (letters), Schocken, 1983; 2000 (PW) [Esterlein Yakiraty]
Agnon’s Alef Bet (children-picture bk), Schocken, 1983 [Sefer Ha-Otiyot]
A Shroud of Stories, Schocken, 1984; 2001 (PW) [Tachrich Shel Sipurim]
The Baal Shem Tov Stories, Schocken, 1986; 2003 (PW) [Sipurei Ha-Baal Shem Tov]
The Correspondence of S.Y.Agnon and Z. Schocken (letters), Schocken, 1991; 2003 [Sh.Y.Agnon - Sh..Z .Schocken, Halifat Michtavim]
In the Prime of Her Life, Schocken, Jerusalem, 1991 [Bi-Dmi Yameha]
Present at Sinai: The Giving of the Law (stories), Schocken, 1995; 2003 (PW) [Atem Re’item]
From the Circles of the Wise: Correspondence 1909-1970, Schocken, 2002 (PW) [Mi-Sod Chachamim: Michtavim 1909-1970: Agnon, Brenner, Bialik, Lachower, Katznelson, Sadan]
An Orange Peel: Three Stories (children), Schocken, 2008 [Klipat Tapuach Zahav]
Yesteryear (novel), new ed. Schocken, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2008 [Tmol Shilshom]
A Simple Story (novel), new ed. Schocken, 2011 [Sipur Pashut]
Three Stories [drawings: Shay Charka], Schocken, 2012 [Shai Ve-Agnon: Shlosha Sipurim]
Daya of Grace (stories), Schocken, 2017 [Yemei Ratzon: Shisha Sipurim]

Books in Translation
Selected Stories / Novellas (all different collections)

Arabic: Tel Aviv, Dar al-nashr al-`Arabi, 1968
Chinese: Guilin, Lijiang, 1995
Danish: Copenhagen, Hasselbach, 1966; Copenhagen, Samleren, 1968
Dutch: Hasselt, Heideland-Orbis, 1971; Hilversum, Gooi&Sticht, 1990
English: New York, Schocken¸ 1948/ 65; New York, Schocken, 1970; New York, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1970; London, Gollancz, 1970; New York, Schocken, 1995; Jerusalem, Schocken, 1998 (Paintings: David Sharir); New York, Oxford University Press, 1998; London/New York, Toby Press, 2008; New Milford, CT, Toby Press, 2014 
Estonian: Tallinn, Aviv, 1993; Tallinn, Loomingu Raamatukogu/ Perioodika, 1994
Finnish: Porvoo, Soderstrom, 1967
French: Paris, Albin Michel, 1959/79; Paris, Rombaldi, 1972; Paris, Albin Michel, 1977
German: Berlin, Schocken, 1933; Berlin, Schocken, 1934; Zurich, Manesse, 1966; Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1996
Hungarian: Budapest, Magyar Zsidok pro Palesztine, 1940
Italian: Milan, Mondadori, 1964/66/79; Florence, Giuntina, 1995
Japanese: Tokyo, Shufu-no-tomo Sha, 1971
Norwegian: Oslo, Aschehoug, 1968
Polish: Wroclaw, Wydawnictwo Dolnoslaskie, 1995; Warszawa, Wydawnictwo Nisza, 2016 
Portuguese: Sao Paulo, Perspectiva, 1967; Sao Paulo, Perspectiva, 1996
Romanian: Bucharest, Editura Tess Expres, 2013; Bucharest, Hasefer, 2014
Russian: Jerusalem, Jewish Agency Immigration & Absorption Dept, 1985; Jerusalem, Biblioteka Alyia, 1975; Jerusalem, Wahlstrom, 1981; Moscow, Raduga, 1991; Moscow, Panorama, 1996; novellas: Moscow/Jerusalem, Gesharim, 2004; Moscow, Text, 2014 
Slovenian: Ljubljana, Cankarjeva Zalozba, 1976
Spanish: Barcelona, Plaza & Janes, 1967; Buenos Aires, Plaza & Janes, 1967
Swedish: Stockholm, Norsted, 1925; Stockholm, Bonnier, 1964; 1966
Turkish: Istanbul, Matbaasi, 1966; Istanbul, Matbaasi, 1966
Yiddish: Tel Aviv, Ha-Menorah, 1969; Tel Aviv, Israel Book, 1978

Ido and Inam
English: London, Gollancz, 1966; Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1971; New York, Schocken, 1966
Persian: Teheran, Sazman-e Daneshjawayan-e Yahud Iran, 1967
Russian: Jerusalem, Biblioteka Alya, 1975

The Outcast
German: Berlin, Judischer Verlag, 1923; Berlin, Schocken, 1938; Frankfurt, Insel, 1964; Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1988
Swedish: Stockholm, Bonnier, 1968

And the Crooked Shall Be Made Straight
German: Berlin, Judischer Verlag, 1918; 1920; 1925; Berlin, Schocken, 1934; 1938
Hungarian: Cluj, Kadima, 1922
Italian: Florence, Casa Editrice Israel, 1935; Milan, Bompiani, 1966, 1979, 1990
Spanish: Barcelona, Plaza & Janes, 1967
English: Jerus
alem, Koren Publishers, 2016

The Legend of the Scribe
German: Berlin, Marx, 1923
Swedish: Stockholm, Norstedt, 1925
Yiddish: Tel Aviv, Ha-Menorah, 1969
English: New York, Schocken, 1970
Dutch: Amsterdam, Juda Palach Institute, 1992
Estonian: Tallinn, Loomingu Raamatukogu/ Perioodika,1994

The Bridal Canopy
English: Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1937; New York, Literary Guild of America, 1937; New York, Schocken, 1967; London, Gollancz, 1968; New York, Syracuse University Press, 2000; New Milford, The Toby Press, 2015
French: Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2003

In the Heart of Seas
German: Berlin, Schocken, 1933; Zurich, Manesse, 1966
Hungarian: Budapest, Magyar Zsidok pro Palesztina, 1940
English: New York, Schocken, 1947; 1986; London, Gollancz, 1967
Portuguese: Sao Paulo, Perspectiva, 1967
Spanish: Barcelona, Plaza & Janes, 1967
Ljubljana, Cankarjeva Zalozba, 1976
Danish: Copenhagen, Samleren, 1968Slovenian: Ljubljana, Cankarjeva Zalozba, 1976
Russian: Jerusalem, Wahlstrom, 1981; Moscow, Raduga/Israel, 1991
Romanian: Bucharest, Editura Tess Expres, 2013

A Simple Story
Yiddish: New York, Der Kval, 1958; Tel Aviv, Ha-Menorah, 1969
German: Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1967; 1987; Frankfurt, Surhrkamp, 1998
French: Paris, Albin Michel, 1980; Ed. 10/18, 1998
English: New York, Schocken, 1985
Italian: Milan, Adelphi, 2002
Chinese: Shanghai, Shanghai Translation Publishing House, 2004
Russian: Moscow, Lechaim, 2004

Dutch: Amsterdam, Querido, 2017

A Guest for the Night
German: Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1964; Stuttgart, Deutscher Buecherbund, 1966; Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1993
Turkish: Istanbul, Matbaasi, 1966
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Plaza & Janes, 1967
English: London, Gollancz, 1968; New York, Schocken, 1968; Madison, Univ. of Wisonsin Press, 2004; New Milford, The Toby Press, 2015
French: Paris, Albin Michel, 1973
Portuguese (Brazil): São Paulo, Perspectiva, 2014

Russian: Moscow, Text Knizhniki, 2016

The Book of Deeds
German: Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp, 1995

The Betrothed
Italian: Milan, Mondadori, 1964; Milan, Frateri Fabbri, 1972
German: Frankfurt am Main, S. Fischer, 1965
English: London, Gollancz, 1966; New York, Schocken, 1966;
Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1971; New York, A. Gregory, 1971
Norwegian: Oslo, Aschehoug, 1966
Turkish: Istanbul, Matbaasi, 1966
Danish: Copenhagen, Samleren, 1967; Copenhagen, Samleren, 1976
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Plaza y Janes, 1967
Finnish: Porvoo, Soderstrom, 1967
Swedish: Stockholm, Bonnier, 1967
Japanese: Tokyo, Shufu-no-tomo Sha, 1971
Portuguese: Sao Paulo, Perspectiva, 1996

Yesteryear (Only Yesterday)
German: Frankfurt, S. Fischer, 1969; Berlin, Volk und Welt, 1982; Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1996
Spanish: Barcelona, Plaza & Janes, 1969
French: Paris, Albin Michel, 1971; 1996
English: Princeton, NJ, Princeton Univ. Press, 2000; pback: 2002
Hungarian: Budapest, Babel Kiado, 2001
In the Prime of Her Life
French: Paris, Gallimard, 2003
Italian: Milan, Adelphi, 2008

English: New York, Schocken, 1989; New York, Syracuse University Press, 1996
German: Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1998

In Mr. Lublin's Shop
German: Leipzig, Gustav Kiepenheuer, 1993

English: New Milford, CT, Toby Press, 2016

My Grandfather's Talmud
German: Berlin, Soncino-Gessellschaft, 1925

To This Day
English: New Milford, US./London, Toby Press, 2008
Russian: Moscow, Text, 2011

Two Tales: Betrothed & Edo and Enan:
English: New Milford; London, The Toby Press, 2014

Agnon's Alef Bet: Poems
English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1998

The Wonder Child Gadiel
English: New York, Hebrew Educators’ Comittee, 1940

An Orange Peel: Three Stories
English: New Milford, CT, Toby Press, 2015

A City and the Fullness Thereof
English: New Milford, CT, Toby Press, 2016                    











































Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
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