FROM THE DESERT TO THE BOOK

Jabes, Edmond

Published by Barrytown/Station Hill Press, Inc., 2010
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Synopsis: Literary Nonfiction. Criticism and Theory. Jewish Studies. The fate of the individual among disintegrating tradition is a major theme of Edmund Jabes. In this book of literary and philosophical conversations, France's leading Jewish writer adds an intimate, personal dimension to his formidable 40-year career. Compelling in its inquiry into the fate of reading and writing in our time, it is also profoundly ambiguous, open to a multiplicity of possible readings. This work offers insight of a new kind into this major writer's growing canon in English--thoughts on his own works combine with stories of his youth in Egypt, his exile in 1956, other writers and artists, the Kabbalah, and projections for a postmodern world. "For anyone who is interested in the last frontiers of thought and language he is an irreplaceable writer"--Graham Martin, The Times Literary Supplement.

From Publishers Weekly: An Egyptian Jew born in 1912, Jabes, who was educated at the Sorbonne and has always written in French, settled in Paris in 1957. Although he has been awarded prizes for his poetry and for his two major works, The Book of Questions (seven volumes) and The Book of Resemblances , his writing has been widely criticized as difficult and obscure. These dialogues, too, conducted with novelist-poet-journalist Cohen will appeal to a limited audience. Discussed are Jabes's friendships and influences, the mystery of Creation, the use of language ("to write accurately"), his fascination with words and with spelling, the difference between being a Jewish writer (which he considers himself not to be) and a Jew who is a writer. Photos.
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Title: FROM THE DESERT TO THE BOOK
Publisher: Barrytown/Station Hill Press, Inc.
Publication Date: 2010
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition.

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Edmond Jabès (Author); Pierre Joris (Transl.); Marcel Cohen (Dialogues); George Quasha (Edited by)
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