Princeton University Press, 2002 M03 24 - 652 pages
Israeli Nobel Laureate S.Y. Agnon's famous masterpiece, his novel Only Yesterday, here appears in English translation for the first time. Published in 1945, the book tells a seemingly simple tale about a man who immigrates to Palestine with the Second Aliya--the several hundred idealists who returned between 1904 and 1914 to work the Hebrew soil as in Biblical times and revive Hebrew culture. Only Yesterday quickly became recognized as a monumental work of world literature, but not only for its vivid historical reconstruction of Israel's founding society. This epic novel also engages the reader in a fascinating network of meanings, contradictions, and paradoxes all leading to the question, what, if anything, controls human existence?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Polaris- - LibraryThing
I wanted to read a book that many consider to be Agnonís masterpiece, as well as others who claim it to be one of the finest examples of modern Hebrew literature. I was not disappointed at all. It ... Read full review
ONLY YESTERDAYUser Review - Kirkus
Never before available in English, a masterpiece of the picaresque by the Nobel laureate who is arguably the greatest novelist in modern Hebrew. Fifty-five years after this epic tale's initial ... Read full review
INTRODUCTION The Only Yesterday of Only Yesterday
BOOK ONE A Delightsome Land
BOOK TWO Jerusalem
BOOK THREE From One Issue to Another
BOOK FOUR Epilogue