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Signposts to Elsewhere: A Book of Aphorisms

Yahia Lababidi (Author)

Selected for Books of the Year by The Independent, UK Aphorisms, by definition, are short sayings that are intended to express a general truth. Witty, resonant, and precise, they capture the contradictory nature of human truths and sentiments, reflecting the soul’s dialogue with itself. Signposts to Elsewhere is a work of ‘complete fragments’ which will re-awaken your day-to-day thought process and guide you to live a deeper life. This book is like a box of assorted chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get! ENDORSEMENTS ‘Like the love child of Khalil Gibran and Dorothy Parker, Yahia Lababidi reinvigorates the aphorism as a literary form and adds his own spice to it.’ —Philip J. Metres III, American poet, translator, scholar, and activist ‘Yahia Lababidi’s aphorisms are elegant, thoughtful and wise, written proof that the art of the aphorism is still very much alive.’ —James Geary, author of Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists Signposts to Elsewhere is a succulent, stunning collection of images and thoughts more well-lit than the old swinging torches of the lamplighters. I find myself pausing everywhere among these wisdoms, wondering why the world stumbles and staggers through such a dark and greedy time when there are people alive with such keen, caring insight. If Yahia Lababidi were in charge of a country, I would want to live there.’ —Naomi Shihab Nye, an esteemed poet, songwriter, and novelist ‘Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, once said, “I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” It is easy to dump 10,000 words on paper. It is much harder to distil what’s worth saying into 10 words. Fortunately for us, Yahia Lababidi has done the hard work of carving out unneeded rock and giving us an exquisite sculpture.’ —Anu Garg, American author, speaker, and founder of Wordsmith.org 

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About the author

Yahia Lababidi

Yahia Lababidi is an internationally published writer. His articles, essays, and poems have appeared in journals worldwide. He is also the author of 7 critically acclaimed books of poetry and prose. Having worked as an editor for the UNESCO Cairo office for 9 years, he is currently based in the US as a freelance writer.


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Title Signposts to Elsewhere: A Book of Aphorisms
Author Yahia Lababidi
Format Softcover
Date published: 12.10.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Hay House India
Language: English
isbn 9789388302029
length 180p.