DESIRE FOR A BEGINNING DREAD OF ONE SINGLE END Edmond Jabès, Rosmarie Waldrop and Ed Epping
Poetry/Artists’ Books • 2000 • ISBN 1-887123-38-5 • $15 PB • 7" x 4 1/4" • 56 pp
In a series of short aphoristic assertions, Jabès continues his lifelong interrogation of “The Book” within the cultural legacy of the Jewish tradition and its practices. Desire for a Beginning Dread of One Single End is the last sub- stantial work of Jabès to be translated into English. The translation, by Rosmarie Waldrop, is accompanied by subtle images by Ed Epping.
I can no longer think about the possibilities of literature without thinking of the example of Edmond Jabès. He is one of the great spirits of our time, a torch in the darkness.
EDMOND JABÈS received France’s National Grand Prize for Poetry in 1987. His other works available in English include The Book of Dialogue, The Book of Resemblances, and The Book of Questions. Jabès died in Paris in 1991 at the age of 78.
ARTISTS BOOKS: A CRITICAL SURVEY OF THE LITERATURE Stefan Klima Artists’ Books/Criticism • 1998 • ISBN 1-887123-18-0 • $17.95 PB • 8 3/4" x 5 1/4" • 104 pp
“Stefan Klima’s text is an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to explore the development of critical debates on artists’ books. Beginning with documentation from the late 1960s Klima carefully charts the discussion of several central issues: the identity of artists books, their disputed origins, and their current status ...
His bibliography is a thoroughly useful guide to the critical and historical texts. It h a s t h e a d v a n t a g e o f b e i n g w e l l f o c u s e d o n t h e t o p i c and thus serves as A N E S S E N T I A L P O I N T O F D E P A R T U R E f o r a n y s t u d e n t , l i b r a r i a n , c r i t i c , o r c o l l e c t o r i n t e r e s t e d i n p u r s u i n g t h e l i t e r a t u r e o n a r t i s t s b o o k s . ” —Johanna Drucker
STEFAN KLIMA has a degree in art and a Ph.D in American Music. He is currently Head of Fine and Performing Arts at the Beverly Hills Public Library.