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Shmuel Yosef Agnon

Israeli Hebrew writer, Nobel laureate in Literature

1888   -   1970

genre: short story, novel
country of citizenship: Austria-Hungary, German Empire, Weimar Republic, Mandatory Palestine, Israel
languages spoken, written or signed: Yiddish, Hebrew
occupation: writer, novelist, poet
award received: Nobel Prize in Literature, Bialik Prize, Israel Prize, honorary doctorate of the Weizmann Institute, honorary citizen of Jerusalem

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Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Hebrew: שמואל יוסף עגנון‎) (July 17, 1888 – February 17, 1970) was a Nobel Prize laureate writer and was one of the central figures of modern Hebrew fiction. In Hebrew, he is known by the acronym Shai Agnon (ש"י עגנון‎). In English, his works are published under the name S. Y. Agnon. Agnon was born in Polish Galicia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and later immigrated to Mandatory Palestine, and died in Jerusalem. His works deal with the conflict between the traditional Jewish life and language and the modern world. They also attempt to recapture the fading traditions of the European shtetl (village). In a wider context, he also contributed to broadening the characteristic conception of the narrator's role in literature. Agnon had a distinctive linguistic style mixing modern and rabbinic Hebrew. Agnon shared the Nobel Prize with the poet Nelly Sachs in 1966.
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