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A Guest for the Night
A Novel
S. Y. Agnon
Translated by Misha Louvish

Library of World Fiction
Terrace Books

“A man of unquestionable genius.”
—Edmund Wilson

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.

One of 100 Greatest Works of Modern Jewish Literature, National Yiddish Book Center

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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A Guest for the Night

October 2004
494 pp. 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper ISBN 978-0-299-20644-4

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