from The Book to the Book: An Edmond Jabès Reader
translated by Rosmarie Waldrop
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.
ROSEMARY 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). She 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.