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A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Book.

Jabes, Edmond.

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ISBN 10: 0819552593 / ISBN 13: 9780819552594
Published by Wesleyan University, Hanover, 1993
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A Fine tight unread copy without dust jacket as issued. In this illuminating philosophical book, Jabes, who died in 1991 and lived in France after being forced to leave Egypt with other native-born Jews during the Suez War, ruminates on the link between being Jewish and being mislabeled as a foreigner. It is also an indictment of bigotry. Jabes writes, "the basic racist is the man who refuses himself as he is. . . . The antisemite can never forgive the Jews for being capable of self-realization. . . ." Elsewhere he observes in verse on his own experience of exile: "I left a land not mine / for another, not mine either. / I took refuge in a word of ink with the book for space, / word from nowhere, obscure word of the desert." His seamless style brings to mind both religious and French existential writings. Here, too, Jabes evokes powerful images of the desert to underscore a mood of isolation and comments wisely about aging and power. Bookseller Inventory # 25124

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Title: A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm...

Publisher: Wesleyan University, Hanover

Publication Date: 1993

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.

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literature/Jewish Studies, tr Rosmarie Waldrop

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Text: English
Original Language: French

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