Exploring the Short Stories of S.Y. Agnon

January 6, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Murray & Nettie Kaye Social Hall (East Side)

Part 1: Sunday, October 14, 10:00-11:30 AM: Agnon’s Short Story "The Menorah"
Part 2: Sunday, November 4, 10:00-11:30 AM: Agnon's Short Story: "Lailot" (Nights)

Part 3: Sunday, January 6, 10:00-11:30 AM: TBD
Discussion leader: Bob Gerwin (bbgerwin [at] gmail [dot] com or 301-728-7260)

Part 1: Sunday, October 14, 10:00-11:30 AM: Agnon’s Short Story The Menorah
We resume our reading and discussion of the short stories of Agnon in the Social Hall where we met last year. We will start with the story The Menorah that is included in Agnon’s masterpiece A City in Its Fullness. This is a marvelous story about the town in which Agnon grew up. I visited this town as part of a tour from Kiev to Odessa in the Ukraine entitled “In the Footsteps of Agnon” led by Jeffery Saks of Beit Agnon. Agnon truly makes his hometown come alive with all of the foibles of its inhabitants and all of the problems that result from the region being under the rule of Poland and then Austria. The place of honor for the Menorah, its transformation, loss, discovery and ultimate fate become the theme around which Agnon weaves the founding tale of his hometown. Copies of the story in English will be made available as in the past. Please contact Bob with any questions. Everyone who enjoys reading and would like to discover Agnon at his finest, or who has an ancestor who emigrated here from Galicia, will find this story to be engaging. 

Sunday, November 4, 10-11:30 AM: Agnon’s Short Story Lailot (Nights)
We will discuss the love-fantasy Lailot or Nights, an early Agnon story that echoes the Song of Songs in its descriptions and in its longing. Is the unobtainable love an echo of prophecy, or is it an artistic muse that awaits the author? The story will be available outside of the sanctuary, or you can contact Bob Gerwin.

Everyone is invited. Each discussion is self-contained, so that it is not necessary to attend each session in order to participate, although attending each one would certainly be enriching. For more information, call Bob Gerwin, 301-728-7260 or email at bbgerwin [at] gmail [dot] com

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