"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.."- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

The Happiness Diary – fragment, by Nicolae Steinhardt

“1968: Outside a bakery an old beggar, small, discreet. I give him 3 or 4 lei*.

He takes off his hat, respectfully, and thanks me for a long while. Why, I don’t know – the memory of my father, the physical resemblance (small and stooping) – his gesture – so polite, the shame of being saluted by an old man for a few lei, the onslaught of images of prison in my memory, revelatory of the human condition’s wretchedness – but I burst out crying in the middle of the street, like a madman.”

The Happiness Diary- fragment, by Nicolae Steinhardt


Translation: memyselfandela, 2012

* Lei was the old comunist Romanian currency. In the present we use RON (New Romanian Lei).

6 responses

  1. Felicitari! Intr-adevar, e mare nevoie de Jurnalul fericirii in engleza!

    November 16, 2012 at 21:16

    • Nu stiu cat de mult se transmite mesajul prin traducere, dar parca m-as incumeta sa incerc sa traduc, chair din bucati, chiar imperfect, chiar in o mie de postari, minunatia asta de carte. Imi pare rau ca multi nici nu-si imagineaza ce adevaruri se spun in limba noastra.
      Multumesc mult Alexandru, ma bucur ca te-ai oprit sa citesti, ma onoreaza prezenta ta. 🙂

      November 16, 2012 at 23:13

      • Ai toata incurajarea si increderea mea! Succes in particular si in general!

        November 16, 2012 at 23:49

      • Multumesc!!! Cu timpul stau mai prost, dar cred ca si daca ar fi sa termin in 3 ani tot merita sa incerc… 🙂
        Si eu te incurajez si te sustin si astept cu mult interes urmatorul tau post! 🙂 😉

        November 17, 2012 at 00:25

  2. I found this and the six other parts 🙂 thank you Ela!

    December 6, 2013 at 22:52

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