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Adam and Eve, depicted on a Romanesque capital, in the collection of the Musée national du Moyen Âge (Musée de Cluny), Paris

From Adam, or The Birth of Anxiety, by Edmond Jabès (born 16 April, 1912; died 2 January, 1991):

              Thus, along with lack,                 anxiety was born.A fallen apple – from the same branch that Eveplucked hers – continues to spoil at the foot ofthe felled tree.Rotten fruit. Its name: ANXIETY.

(from The Book of Shares, 1989; translated from the French by Rosemarie Waldrop)

Adam and Eve, depicted on a Romanesque capital, in the collection of the Musée national du Moyen Âge (Musée de Cluny), Paris


From Adam, or The Birth of Anxiety, by Edmond Jabès (born 16 April, 1912; died 2 January, 1991):

              Thus, along with lack,
                 anxiety was born.


A fallen apple – from the same branch that Eve
plucked hers – continues to spoil at the foot of
the felled tree.

Rotten fruit. Its name: ANXIETY.


(from The Book of Shares, 1989; translated from the French by Rosemarie Waldrop)