Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tmol Shilshom, Only Yesterday


For the brand new version of the long-running meme ABC Wednesday that begins today, my A is for Agnon.
Shai Agnon, 1888-1970, was the only Israeli to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Alongside the walkway of the long Train Track Park in Jerusalem I was delighted to find this clever waist-high sign.
You can read (if you know Hebrew) either the cut out letters in the metal or the shadow of the words on the ground.
The quotation is from Agnon's famous masterpiece Tmol Shilshom, published in 1945.
Just a few years ago the book was translated into English as Only Yesterday.
You can sample some pages of the peculiar style here in Google Books.
UPDATE:  More about where this is located:

(Linking to signs, signs and old-new ABC Wednesday.)


Hildred said...

I wish I could read Israeli! Great choice for A -

Alice said...

Good choice Dina

Tom said... interesting with the shadows!

William Kendall said...

That is a creative way to pay tribute!

Ann said...

The book looks fascinating. I adore history.

Roger Owen Green said...

what an important contribution

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I went and read a synopsis of the book at another site. Sounds like something I'd want to read.

ABC Wednesday said...

I am sorry I can't read Hebrew... it has been on my wish-list for many years, I would love to learn how to read / speak it...

The place you live in is also on the list for visit-wishes... maybe someday I will travel there

Thank you for your first entry in the new home of ABC!

Have a splendid and ♥-warming ABC-day / -week
Melody (team abcw)

Cloudia said...

Thank you Dina

Come Away With Me said...

Shalom Dina, and thank you for sharing about this author. I read the info at the link and am intrigued. I had not heard of him before this. I love how that sign you photographed casts the Hebrew letters upon the ground shaped by light. Almost mystical, if one thinks about it in a certain way. Anyway, I think I shall try to find some of Shai Agnon's stories to read. Nice to see that ABC is still going on after all these years.

Alice said...

You can buy a copy of the book in English from Amazon .

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I wish I could read it! I will follow the link ...thank you for allowed ng me to learn something new today!

Betty said...

I like the way they did that sign with the shadow of the words on the ground.