Le Livre de l’Hospitalité – E. Jabès. Test your translation skills.

Inutile est le livre quand le mot est sans espérance.

Edmund Jabès
Le Livre de l’Hospitalité.

Literally: “Useless is the book when the word is without hope.”

or: “What value has a book when its words yield no hope?”

Can ‘no hope’ be translated here by “hopeless” ??

All suggestions welcome.




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