In Mr. Lublin's Store

S. Y. Agnon (Author)


S.Y. Agnon's final, posthumous novel, now in English translation for the first time, fully annotated and with an insightful Foreword by translator Glenda Abramson. In Mr. Lublin's Store, set in Leipzig during World War I, is a profound commentary on exile and Zionism, assimilation and faith, Germans and Jews, and the pull that the past exercises on the present. [[ Translated and with a foreword by Glenda Abramson, Oxford University [[ Afterword by renowned Israeli author Haim Be'er exploring the role of the novel in Agnon's canon and the symbolism of books and reading to unlock the secret [[ 29 pp of illustrated annotations by series editor Jeffrey Saks, excavating the many sources in biblical and rabbinical literature Agnon drew on as well as the relaid of the historical time and place in which the novel is set.

Product Details

Toby Press
Publish Date
September 15, 2016
5.6 X 1.3 X 8.6 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

S.Y. Agnon (18881970) was the central figure of modern Hebrew literature, and the 1966 Nobel Prize laureate for his body of writing. Born in the Galician town of Buczacz (in today's western Ukraine), as Shmuel Yosef Czaczkes, he arrived in 1908 in Jaffa, Ottoman Palestine, where he adopted the penname Agnon and began a meteoric rise as a young writer. Between the years 1912 and 1924 he spent an extended sojourn in Germany, where he married and had two children, and came under the patronage of Shlomo Zalman Schocken and his publishing house, allowing Agnon to dedicate himself completely to his craft. After a house fire in 1924 destroyed his library and the manuscripts of unpublished writings, he returned to Jerusalem where he lived for the remainder of his life. His works deal with the conflict between traditional Jewish life and language and the modern world, and constitute a distillation of millennia of Jewish writing.