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WINEMAN / AGNON: THE WRITER AND HIS TOWN
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aspired to return to the land of Israel and knew only to journey
eastward as the way toward their goal; the new site was like a
sukkah,
a temporary shelter, along the way of that journey until
snow and life’s complexities detained them from continuing on
their journey to Zion.27 As a temporary abode during the course
of a journey, the world of the Galician town is not one to which
the Jew can return. Its long hour in history has passed. Bucacz
can be resurrected not in life but only in literary creation as
Agnon himself has done.
27
Ir umelo’ah,
pp. 9-10. For a discussion o f the interpretation o f history evident in
Agnon’s recasting o f the early and later history o f the Jewish presence in
Poland, see A. Wineman,
Aggadah ve’omanut,
pp. 74-80.