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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 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 Jabes as Waldrop knew him, it is both an homage to and an explication of Jabes s work, and it is a meditation on the process of translation. The writing interweaves these topics, evoking Jabes s own interest in the themes of exile and nomadism."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780819565808
ISBN-10: 0819565806
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 150
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rosmarie Waldrop

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 Jabes (Wesleyan, 1996). Richard Stamelman is Professor of Romance Languages at Dartmouth College."

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