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LEE / S.Y. AGNON’S POSTHUMOUS WORKS
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genealogical details are also o f the saga’s characteristics.
Sefer, Sofer, ve’Sippur
joins the two previous works in being a
contribution towards the perpe tuation o f a collective Jewish soul.
It consists o f excerpts from about a thousand sacred books. As in
his previous compilations,
YamimNoraim
(Days o f Awe) and
Atem
Re’eetem
(You have Seen), here, too, Agnon proves to be a scholar
of great erudition. He seems to believe tha t sacred books are the
guardians o f Israel, and many miracles tha t are recounted in his
stories are in most cases related to such books. His fondest hope is
to be considered a scribe in the primary meaning of the term : A
recorder o f the holy letters.
Agnon’s own view o f his literary work was perhaps best ex­
pressed by himself when he wrote: “It seems to me tha t every­
thing I was shown and everything I was privileged to write is bu t a
commentary, by the means of a story, on the Holy Scriptures and
on the sayings of ou r Rabbis, of blessed memory. And it is possi­
ble, that in one bookcase, amongst all the interpre tations and
commentaries, my stories may also find the ir place” (.
Me’atzmi El
Atzmi).