Two Tales: Betrothed & Edo and Enam

Two Tales: Betrothed & Edo and Enam

by S. Y. Agnon
     
 

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Two tales of love. "Betrothed" portrays a teacher, whose love for the sea and all that it holds leads him to the town of Jaffa.  Though many pursue him, Rechnitz eschews romantic love for his studies until he can no longer resist. The second tale, "Edo and Enam," is set after World War II in Jerusalem and considers how love evolves

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Two tales of love. "Betrothed" portrays a teacher, whose love for the sea and all that it holds leads him to the town of Jaffa.  Though many pursue him, Rechnitz eschews romantic love for his studies until he can no longer resist. The second tale, "Edo and Enam," is set after World War II in Jerusalem and considers how love evolves throughout the course of a marriage.

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    "Within Two Tales, "Betrothed" and "Edo and Enam" are two narrative jewels, each belonging to a different cycle in Agnon's literary corpus. "Betrothed" is part of his Jaffa tales while "Edo and Enam" is about the sages of Jerusalem. Both stories transcend their respective locales and cast of characters as tradition and mythic symbols interplay with reality.
    Agnon weaves Jewish and classical European themes into "Betrothed".  The implicit counter-narratives of this tale are Jewish stories about neglected brides that involve demonic and supernatural worlds. But unlike the men of these stories, Jacob Rechnitz, the scientist of the sea, resists the allures of the six seductive nymphs, and remains faithful to his childhood love and his first marriage vow.
    In contrast "Edo and Enam" is symbolically totally grounded in Jewish tradition; in fact tradition itself becomes the tale's central theme. The narrative triangulation of two scholars and a woman—motivated by jealousy, envy and desire—projects the tragic dimension of the revival of Jewish society in Zion. The ideal and aspired ingathering of exiles inevitably caused the destruction of tradition-steeped communities. Uprooted, tradition transformed from a lived experience to an object of research and the gaze of tourists, squeezed out of its quintessential vitality."—Dan Ben-Amo

"[Rechnitz] is a man who has to be overtaken, surprised by Eros." —Allen Mandelbaum

"The man is tremendously good. . . . [Agnon’s stories] . . . have an international currency."—James Michener

Library Journal
A 1966 double feature from the Hebrew writer offers two sides of life. Betrothed finds a young scholar forgoing love in order to study, while Edo and Enam traces the course of a marriage. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299206345
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
11/15/2004
Series:
Library of World Fiction Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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