Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1887-1970)

Death: 17th February 1970
Location: Mount of Olives Jewish Cemetery, Jerusalem, Israel

Photo taken by: Mount of Olives visitor center
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Israeli writer, one of the main figures of modern Hebrew fiction. Awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize for Literature (jointly with Nelly Sachs) for his profoundly characteristic narrative art with motifs from the life of the Jewish people. 
He was born in Austrian Galicia, now Ukraine, and educated at home by his parents. He began to write in Hebrew and Yiddish and had his work published in Galicia. In 1924 he moved to Jerusalem where he remained until his death.  His writing often deals with the conflict that exists between the modern world and traditional Jewish life and language.