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Hesitant Fire
  • Hesitant Fire

    Selected Prose of Max Jacob. 


    Translated & edited by Moishe Black and Maria Green. 


    University of Nebraska Press: 1991. First edition. Hardcover in a jacket. Very good. Book has a gash along the top of the front board beside a torn and shelfworn corner. Jacket has small tears along its edges. 


    "The Breton (me!) is sitting surrounded by the flags of the world. The crescent moon cradles a star. The Breton is studying surrounded by the flags of the world and an angel has come down to him. 'Cease your reading if God decides to visit you again.' You know my sufferings, God! What have you written near your arm, oh angel with woman's arm? Three Hebrew letters which I cannot read. When the Holy Spirit comes to me, will he give me the gift of tongues? 

    My stupidity makes the angel furious." 

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