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Edmond Jabes (1912-1991) is widely regarded as one of France's most important writers of the 20th century. Born in Cairo, he settled in France after being expelled from Egypt with other Jews during the 1956 Suez Crisis. Rosmarie Waldrop is Jabes's primary English translator. Over the course of her long association and friendship with Jabes, Waldrop developed a very nuanced ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published January 2nd 2003 by Wesleyan
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A really remarkable book--it manages to do such a multitude of things: recounts a life with Jabès, teaches one how to read Jabès more carefully, enlightens the writing of Jabès's books, describes Jabès's character... also brings in the entire social world of all of the poets I'm fascinated by (Claude Royet-Journoud, the Waldrops & many of the French poets they've translated)... also deals with issues of translations, and many of the brilliant solutions Rosmarie Waldrop came up with for Jabès ...more
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"If we say 'I' we already say difference" (4). So many kinds of love are made in this book: Waldrop's relationship with Jabes, Jabes as human and as writer, the marriage of Keith and Rosemarie, the translator as great appreciator. This book is a new favorite. As elegy, translation theory, and an introduction to Jabes's work.

"The slopes of the mountains can still get some sun when the valley is already dark. But it is less warm. I reared Edmond Jabes's body of work. But the real body is no more"
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