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By Henri Michaux

ISBN-10: 0811220842

ISBN-13: 9780811220842

A wild trip to the East narrated via a author who's "without equivalent within the literature of our time" –Jorge Luis Borges

Henri Michaux (1899–1984), the good French poet and painter, set out as a tender guy to determine the a long way East. touring from India to the Himalayas, and directly to China and Japan, Michaux voices his bright impressions, slicing reviews, and curious insights: He has no hassle conversing his brain. half fanciful travelogue and half exploration of tradition, A Barbarian in Asia is gifted right here in its unique translation by way of Sylvia seashore, the well-known American-born bookseller in Paris.

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His bride was Olivia Mariamne Fancourt, née Devenish. She was thirty-three, tall, dark, good-looking, high-spirited – and he loved her. They were married in London in St George’s Church, Bloomsbury. Their witnesses were Richard Tayler, a lawyer of Gray’s Inn who was to look after Raffles’ affairs when he was abroad; his uncle Charles Hamond; and two women, Maria Walthen and Mariamne Etherington. The coincidence of the unusual name ‘Mariamne’ suggests that this last was a relative of Olivia Mariamne’s.

Elton had intense literary aspirations and was a compulsive unpublished autobiographer. Strikingly handsome and a seductive talker, he sought, successfully, the acquaintance of writers. He knew the poets Robert Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the novelist Maria Edgeworth, and the diarist Crabb Robinson, who was fond of him but thought him insane. Elton believed that only he possessed the secret of rendering mankind perfect. At the age of thirty-five, deluded and depressed, he killed himself.

I have behaved in an equally random manner, leaving capitalisations only when they seem to add an intentional or particularly graphic emphasis. Capital initial letters were always used for titles and official positions, all the way from ‘President of the Board of Control’ to ‘Master Attendant and Storekeeper’. Against all modern practice and my every inclination, I have felt compelled to follow this. In the hierarchical structure of the Company, these were more than just job descriptions: they defined a man.

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