The Agnon Wink

The great author was far from sentimental, and far from coy; he was the epitome of sly.

December 24, 2018 | Hillel Halkin
About the author: Hillel Halkin’s books include Yehuda HaleviAcross the Sabbath RiverMelisande: What are Dreams? (a novel), Jabotinsky: A Life (2014), and, most recently, After One-Hundred-and-Twenty (Princeton). 
This is a response to The Matchless Master of Modern Hebrew Literature, originally published in Mosaic in December 2018

S.Y. Agnon at home. John Cowan/Condé Nast via Getty Images.

My thanks to Jeffrey Saks and Dara Horn for their gracious responses to my essay on S.Y. Agnon and his 1945 Hebrew masterpiece Only Yesterday. I’ll reply to their comments in the reverse order of their appearance in Mosaic.

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