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I talked to you about the difficulty of being Jewish, which is the same as the difficulty of writing. For Judaism and writing are but the same waiting, the same hope, the same wearing out.
For the writer, discovering the work he will write is both like a miracle
and a wound, like the miracle of the wound.
Ah, the sun will catch me, in my disturbing transparency.
What am I but an awareness of the dark, forever?
How could an argument soothe or settle a controversy when every word is a nest for a bird of doubt? (meaning of words as inferences)
In the morning, you tear up the pages of your fever, but every word naturally leads you back to its color, its night.
As long as we are not chased from our words we have nothing to fear. As long as our utterances keep their sound we have a voice. As long as our words keep their sense we have a soul.
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Most of the memorable events I have myself been exercised in; and, for the satisfaction of the public, will briefly relate the circumstances of my adventures, and scenes of life, from my first movement to this country until this day.
April 16, 1912
January 2, 1991
Edmond Jabès was a French writer and poet of an Egyptian origin, and one of the best known literary figures to write in French after World War II.
The book of margins
From the book to the book (1991)
The little book of unsuspected subversion
The book of shares (1989)
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