By Samuel Yosef Agnon
Szybusz, a small city in Jewish Galicia, is the scene of a bitter¬sweet romance firstly of the 20th century. Few of Agnon’s tales are advised as without difficulty as an easy tale, but this enticing story finds the profound mental and social insights of the Nobel Laureate’s best fiction.
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A Simple Story by Samuel Yosef Agnon