A Barbarian in Asia

Henri Michaux (Author) Sylvia Beach (Translator)
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Product Details

Price
$15.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
May 31, 2016
Pages
198
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.6 X 8.0 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811222136
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About the Author

Henri Michaux (1899-1984), born in Belgium, studied mysticism as a young man and traveled throughout South America and Asia before settling in Paris. He wrote more than twenty volumes of poetry and prose and showed paintings he created under the influence of mescaline. In 1965 he was awarded the French National Prize for Letters but refused the award, saying that it threatened his independence.
Founder of the Left Bank bookstore Shakespeare and Co., Sylvia Beach was a luminary in the Parisian literary scene and the first publisher of Ulysses by James Joyce.

Reviews

It is superb in its swift illuminations and its wit.--Alfred Kazin
Michaux travels via his languages: lines, words, colors, silences, rhythms. And he does not hesitate to break the back of a word, the way a horseman does not hesitate to wind his mount. Language as a vehicle, but also language as a knife and a miner's lamp.--Octavio Paz
Imagine Arthur Rimbaud carrying his peculiar poetic vision with him to Abyssinia and describing the country, natives and customs for us. Or just fancy Lewis Carroll--with whom Henri Michaux also has something in common--reporting a trip to Africa. In either case the result would be somewhat like this original and stimulating refraction of the Orient through a very special personality.--Justin O'Brien
Michaux excels in making us feel the strangeness of natural things and the naturalness of strange things.--André Gide