The Book of Questions
Volume I [the Book of Questions, the Book of Yukel, Return to the Book]
ISBN10: 0819562475 ISBN13: 9780819562470 Contributors: Waldrop, Rosmarie (Translator) Publisher: Univ Pr of New England Published: Sep 1 1991 Weight: 1.20lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.50" Depth: 1.25" Language: English
The Book of Questions, of which volumes IV, V, VI are together published here, is a meditative narrative of Jewish Experience, and, more generally, man's relation to the world. In these volumes the word is personified in the woman Ya l, silence in her still-born child Elya. Even though words imply ambiguity and lies, they are the home of the exile. A book becomes the Book, fragments of the law that are in some way unified, where past and present, the visionary, and the common place, encounter each other. For Jab s every word is a question in the book of being. Man defines himself in the world against all that threatens his existence- death, the infinite, silence, that is, God, his primal opponent. How can one speak what cannot be spoken?