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Hével

In Hebrew, Hével means vanitas – according to the Vulgata. The translations of the Qohèlet Book I have translate this word by spreco (waste) (Erri de Luca, for Feltrinelli), fumo (smoke) (Ceronetti, for Einaudi), niente (nothing) (Ceronetti, for Adelphi, in 1970) and of course vanità (vanity) (CEI version, in 1974). The image that can be restored from the Hebrew is that of a…