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Edmond Jabès

It is very hard to live with silence. The real silence is death and this is terrible. To approach this silence, it is necessary to journey to the desert. You do not go to the desert to find identity, but to lose it, to lose your personality, to be anonymous. You make yourself void. You become silence. You become more silent than the silence around you. And then something extraordinary happens: you hear silence speak. ― Edmond Jabès, The Book of Margins (Religion and Postmodernism). Published by The University Of Chicago Press June 15, 1993.

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