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Lavish Absence
Recalling and Rereading Edmond Jabès
Rosmarie Waldrop; Richard Stamelman, fwd.




Wesleyan
2003 • 150 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Memoir / Jewish Studies

$17.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6580-8



a moving and often brilliantly insightful act of homage…Throughout this important and original book, she brings her critical acumen – as well as respect and... [continued in Reviews below]”—John Taylor, Paths to Contemporary French Literature

An intimate portrait of one of France’s most important writers by his translator.

Edmond Jabès (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 Jabès’s primary English translator. Over the course of her long association and friendship with Jabès, Waldrop developed a very nuanced understanding of his work that in turn influenced her development as both writer and translator. Lavish Absence is a book-length essay with a triple focus: it is a memoir of Jabès as Waldrop knew him, it is both an homage to and an explication of Jabès’s work, and it is a meditation on the process of translation. The writing interweaves these topics, evoking Jabès’s own interest in the themes of exile and nomadism.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“…a moving and often brilliantly insightful act of homage…Throughout this important and original book, she brings her critical acumen – as well as respect and affection – to bear on the achievement of her friend and mentor. Any reader who has not yet entered Jabès’ unique oeuvre – too often reputed to be abstruse – now has the key.”John Taylor, Paths to Contemporary French Literature

Lavish Absence is a comprehensive yet intimate introduction to the writing and thought of Edmond Jabès, a critical figure for 20th-century poetry and philosophy. It is also a welcome articulation of Rosmarie Waldrop’s own poetics, which are among the most influential in contemporary American poetry.”Charles Bernstein, Director of the Poetics Program, State University of New York at Buffalo



Rosmarie Waldrop is a poet, translator and author of many books including A Key into the Language of America (1994), Reluctant Gravities (1999), and The Book of Questions by Edmond Jabès (Wesleyan, 1996). Richard Stamelman is Professor of Romance Languages at Dartmouth College.



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