DESIRE FOR A BEGINNING DREAD OF ONE SINGLE END
by Edmond Jabès
translated by Rosmarie Waldrop
images by Ed Epping
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 translations of Jabès received a Columbia University Translation Center Award. She is co-director of Burning Deck Press and has published many books of poetry including Another Language: Selected Poems (1997).
Ed Epping has published three other titles with Granary Books, including Secreted Contract, Abstract Refuse (out-of-print) and Mettle, a collaboration with Kimberly Lyons. He is currently director of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
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