[ilds] Hamsa Hand

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Sun Sep 19 09:23:00 PDT 2010


I'll add that in Sephardic culture the "hamsa hand," an open hand with two thumbs, palm forward, is a talisman against the "evil eye."  In Israel, it is a common type of jewelry, usually a pendant for women.


BR


On Sep 18, 2010, at 5:49 PM, James Gifford wrote:

> I should have added to my earlier post, in the proof copy held in 
> Victoria, the passage below reads "The wall above the sofa was covered 
> in the *black* imprints of juvenile hands" through this is marginally 
> corrected to "blue," perhaps to echo the book cover design.
> 
> James
> 
> On 18/09/10 1:01 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> The dust jacket of my /Justine/ 1.1 also has the imprint of a blue hand.
>> The hand is Sappho-Jane's, no? Cf. /Justine,/ "The wall above the sofa
>> was covered in the blue imprints of juvenile hands — the talisman which
>> in this part of the world guards a house against the evil eye" (p. 45).
>> Apparently, the talisman didn't work.
>> 
>> 
>> BR
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Sep 18, 2010, at 12:20 PM, Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:
>> 
>>> I find that I do have a fifth impression of Justine, which has NO dust
>>> jacket with a spinal hand.
>>> 
>>> Justine impression six has a dust jacket with a spinal hand in light
>>> blue.
>>> 
>>> It seems to have been meant to be part of this package of text and
>>> paratext. But dust jackets do travel from book to book, and issue to
>>> issue.
>>> 
>>> One can never be too skeptical, I think).
>>> 
>>> Bill
>>> 
>>> 
>>> W. L. Godshalk *
>>> Department of English * *
>>> University of Cincinnati* * Stellar Disorder *
>>> OH 45221-0069 * *
>> 




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