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Description - Ecuador by Henri Michaux

On the day after Christmas 1926, avant-garde poet Henri Michaux began a year-long journey to Ecuador as a man who knows neither how to travel nor how to keep a journal. In the process, he created the first truly modern travel book, a work of pointed observation and sensual, even hallucinogenic, poetry and prose.Michaux set out to record a journey but his vivid descriptions, his unexpected leaps of thought, provide a log unlike any other, one obsessed not with how a traveler interacts with the world but how the world -- the mundane and the fantastic -- invades and changes the traveler. Michaux presents both a profound vision of place and a method of liberating the child, the visionary, and the poet in any serious traveler. He is a one-man civilization: modest, available, open to experiment, and utterly absorbed by the forces of a vision which will also become the reader's.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780810160910
ISBN-10: 0810160919
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 133mm x 20mm)
Pages: 132
Imprint: Northwestern University Press
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publish Date: 14-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Henri Michaux

Henri Michaux was born into a wealthy Belgian family in 1899. Michaux disappointed his parents by dropping out of medical school to become a sailor. He sailed with the merchant marine throughout Asia and South America and eventually settled in Paris, where his poetry and later his paintings came to be widely admired. Michaux's works include Emergences-Resuregences, Darkness Moves: An Henri Michaux Anthology, 1927-1984, and A Barbarian in Asia. He died in 1984 in Paris.

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