Abstract

The article discusses an enigmatic story "The Document" (1932) from The Book of Deeds. It attempts to decipher the story by unfolding its various facets: the hidden meaning of the story's main scenes and their way of relating to one another; the ties between this story and other stories in The Book of Deeds ("Hefker" and "A Whole Loaf"); and the latent theme of the story, namely literary writing. The conclusion is that the early stories of Agnon's Book of Deeds (such as "The Document") might be perceived as a son of a coded literary "diary," which accompanied Agnon's work in the early 1930s, setting forth his perplexity, inner struggle, and quest for right modes of writing.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
2158-1681
Print ISSN
0146-4094
Pages
pp. 99-114
Launched on MUSE
2011-10-05
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.