History Made Modern: A Folktale from S.Y. Agnon


History Made Modern: A Folktale from S.Y. Agnon
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    Nobel Prize laureate S.Y. Agnon wrote his first novella over 100 years ago, but it still bears lessons for us in the modern era. The post History Made Modern: A Folktale from S.Y. Agnon appeared first on TLV1…
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Celebrated Israeli author and Nobel Prize laureate S.Y. Agnon wrote his first novella And the Crooked Shall be Made Straight over 100 years ago. It has been translated for the first time into English by Michael Kramer and is newly published with Toby Press. Host Marcela Sulak reads the opening of this folktale that still bears lessons for us in the modern era.

Here is an excerpt from translator Michael Karmer’s introduction to this work:

“It was a tale that looked away from the new yishuv, back to an earlier time and place, to mid-nineteenth century Buczacz, to the near-mythic eastern European world of the grandparents of the new settlers. It told of Menashe Chaim HaCohen and his wife, Kreindel Charne, a childless Hasidic couple who ran a modestly successful general store; told of their pitiable, inexorable descent into poverty; of the husband’s reluctant leaving home and his humiliating (if also often humorous) travels through the c…

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