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“To take the wrong door means indeed to go against the order that presided over the plan of the house, over the layout of the rooms, over the beauty and rationality of the whole. But what discoveries are made possible for the visitor! The new path permits him to see what no one other than himself could have perceived from that angle. All the more so because I am not sure that one can enter a written work without having forced one’s own way in first.” – from In Place of a Foreword
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What People Are Saying

Paul Auster
"I first read The Book of Questions twenty years ago, and my life was permanently changed by it. I can no longer think about the possibilities of literature without thinking of the example of Edmond Jabes. He is one of the great spirits of our time, a torch in the darkness."
Paul Auster
“I first read The Book of Questions twenty years ago, and my life was permanently changed by it. I can no longer think about the possibilities of literature without thinking of the example of Edmond Jabès. He is one of the great spirits of our time, a torch in the darkness.”
Mary Ann Caws
“It is as if we had lost nothing, so near does this book of the book seem to the voice and presence of Edmond Jabès. All his rethinking and refeeling of the word and world are here. His massive and knowing melancholy, somehow radiant, is a shared one, as Jabès knew how to share: ‘Our book is for tomorrow.’ For today too.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819562524
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

EDMOND JABÈS died in Paris in 1991 at the age of 78. He settled in France after being expelled from his native Egypt with other Jews during the 1956 Suez Crisis. In 1987 he received France’s National Grand Prize for Poetry. His other works available in English include The Book of Dialogue (1987), The Book of Resemblances in three volumes, and The Book of Questions issued in two volumes in 1991.

ROSMARIE WALDROP’s most recent books are a volume of poetry, Peculiar Motions (1990), and a novel, A Form / of Taking / It All (1990). Her translations of Jabès won a Columbia University Translation Center Award.

RICHARD STAMELMAN is Professor of Romance Languages and Literature and William R. Jenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities at Wesleyan University.

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Table of Contents

The Graven Silence of Writing, by Richard Stamelman
When Silence Speaks, by Rosmarie Waldropp
In Place of a Foreword
I Build My Dwelling
Songs for the Ogre’s Feast
Untitled Song
Song for Two Laughs
Little Song for familiar Image of Lazybones
Song for Three Astonished Dead Men
The Dispossessed Moment
The Stranger
The Pact of Spring
Cut Of Time
The Book of Questions
At the Threshold of the Book
And You Shall Be in the Book
The Time of the Lovers
The Book of the Living
The Book of Yukel
White Space
Mirror and Scarf
The Voice of Closed Eyes
Dialogue of Stone and Sand
The Lamp Grown Cold
Dialogue of the Ferryman and the River-Dweller
Return to the Book
Lightening and Light
Test and Book
Hand and Dial
Drawn Curtains
The Loop
The hole
Beads of Sweat
The Light of the Sea
The Story Yael’s Death
The Book
A Puddle of Water
Memory of a Dead Memory
From Day to the Shadow of Day
Counter- Test
Door II
Pledge of the Abyss
The Threshold of the Eye
The Threshold of the Void
The Book Belongs Only to the Book
The Book
El or the Last Book
The Book of Resemblances
Ed, or the First Mist
Intimations: The Desert
The Desert
The Ineffaceable: The Unperceived
The Pre-Existence of the Last Book
The Little Book of Subversion Above Suspicion
The Question of Subversion
The Book of Dialogue
The Spoils of Space
Pre-Dialogue, II
The Dream
On the Threshold of Dialogue
The Journey
The Line of the Horizon
The Book Read, Here Begins the Reading of the Book
In place of an Afterword
Letter from Sarah to Yukel
Letter from Yukel to Sarah
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