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Lavish Absence: Recalling and Rereading Edmond Jabhs

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"We are still meeting in the book." So writes Rosmarie Waldrop of her friend, the late Edmond Jabés. Rosmarie Waldrop is a predominant poet, translator, editor of contemporary poetry and poetics. Arguably she is one of my favorite writers; personally, she has been one of the most influential people in my life. Among her own works of poetry, most notably Blindsight, The Reproduction of Profiles, Reluctant Gravities and Split Infinites, and also the novel The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter, her keen intelligence, philosophical investigations, and language play intellectually delights. Edmond Jabés, born in Egypt but exiled to France, was once of the most prominent French poets of the 20th century. One of his major works is the three volume Book of Questions. Waldrop, who has been his primary translator for several decades, provides us with a touching account of her experience as translator and friend. Lavish Absence is at once an account of their friendship, an explication of Jabés' work, an exploration of the act of translation — where the writer [or the text] and the translator produce a third thing: the translated text. Additionally, we are offered a lucid glance at Waldrop's poetics. What makes this book particularly engaging is the anecdotal style and intellectual punch that I find personally affecting.
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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-204).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780819565808
Foreword:
Stamelman, Richard
Author:
Stamelman, Richard
Author:
Waldrop, Rosmarie
Publisher:
Wesleyan
Location:
Middletown, CT
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Jabes, Edmond
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Jabes, Edmond - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Series Volume:
678-M
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
150
Dimensions:
8.64x5.70x.66 in. .65 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

"We are still meeting in the book." So writes Rosmarie Waldrop of her friend, the late Edmond Jabés. Rosmarie Waldrop is a predominant poet, translator, editor of contemporary poetry and poetics. Arguably she is one of my favorite writers; personally, she has been one of the most influential people in my life. Among her own works of poetry, most notably Blindsight, The Reproduction of Profiles, Reluctant Gravities and Split Infinites, and also the novel The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter, her keen intelligence, philosophical investigations, and language play intellectually delights. Edmond Jabés, born in Egypt but exiled to France, was once of the most prominent French poets of the 20th century. One of his major works is the three volume Book of Questions. Waldrop, who has been his primary translator for several decades, provides us with a touching account of her experience as translator and friend. Lavish Absence is at once an account of their friendship, an explication of Jabés' work, an exploration of the act of translation — where the writer [or the text] and the translator produce a third thing: the translated text. Additionally, we are offered a lucid glance at Waldrop's poetics. What makes this book particularly engaging is the anecdotal style and intellectual punch that I find personally affecting.

"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , An intimate portrait of one of France's most important writers by his translator.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-204).
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