A Table for One is a memoir of Aharon Appelfeld’s
city, Jerusalem. It brings forth an unknown side of
Appelfeld’s writing as he reveals the centrality of
Jerusalem in his life and work. We discover that his
“city of light” proved to be far more than a shelter and
the place where Appelfeld came of age and spent his
adult life: it became his inspiration—the quarry of
his imagination. A Table for One is set in the intimate
Jerusalem cafés of the 1950s and 1960s, where the
scent of fresh roasted coffee and cigarette smoke
wafted in with the elan of a lost European culture.
Appelfeld found that it was only in a cafe—only in
a Jerusalem cafe—that he could write his novels,
shaping meaning and wholeness out of the fragments
of his painful past.
Translated by Aloma Halter from the original Hebrew Od Hayom Gadol ("It Is Yet High Day").
About the Author
AHARON APPELFELD is considered one of Israel's finest writers. A Holocaust
survivor and post-war refugee, he made his way to Italy and immigrated to Israel in 1946. Born in 1932 in Czernovitz, Bukovina (now part of the Ukraine), Appelfeld's work is recognized worldwide as among the most profound literary explorations of the Holocaust, and has met with international critical
and popular acclaim. Appelfeld has received the Israel Prize, the
American National Jewish Book
Award, the French Prix Medicis and
the German Nelly Sachs Prize.