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Fiction / Judaica


Two Tales
“Betrothed” and “Edo and Enam”
S. Y. Agnon
Translated by Walter Lever

Library of World Fiction
Terrace Books

“The man is tremendously good. . . . [Agnon’s stories] have an international currency.”
—James Michener

Two tales of love. “Betrothed” portrays a teacher whose love for the sea leads him to the town of Jaffa. Though many pursue him, Rechnitz eschews romantic love for his studies until he can no longer resist. “Edo and Enam” is set after World War II in Jerusalem and considers how love evolves throughout the course of a marriage.

Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888­1970) was born in Buczacz, Galicia, the village described in his novel In the Heart of the Seas. He became one of the best-known Hebrew writers in the world and was the first Hebrew writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1966.

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Two Tales: Betrothed and Edo and Enam

October 2004

252 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper ISBN 978-0-299-20634-5

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