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Last Updated on May 12, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 53

Shmuel Yosef Agnon’s work tells the story of his protagonists, who are not only the Jewish people but also humanity in general. His works resonate with themes typical of the twentieth century: the search for meaning and truth, the breakdown of traditional values, alienation, and the necessity of hope for the future.

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