(‘God spoke, and what He said became our symbols. The shape of a letter is perhaps the shape of His face. God has as many faces as there are letters in an alphabet. God is written in all languages.
‘You will be able to contemplate God once you have learned to listen to words, to look at them carefully, that is, once you have learned to read’, he had noted.
‘His voice is inaudible, but it is the supporting silence which allows our sounds to be discrete’, he had added.
‘You will shatter the image of words. You will take away their sound. You will divert them from their meaning. You will turn them into holes.
‘Then reading and writing will throw you into the vortex of a voice absorbed into the void’, he had also noted.)
– Jabés, El, or the Last Book (trans. R. Waldrop)