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Stroke by Stroke [Deckle Edge] [Paperback]

Henri Michaux , Richard Sieburth

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May 10 2006 125 Brain Games

“Michaux is the poet laureate of our insomnia.”—Anatole Broyard, The New York Times Book Review

“Michaux travels via his languages: lines, words, colors, silences, rhythms. And he does not hesitate to break the back of a word…. In order to arrive: where? At that nowhere that is here, there, and everywhere.”—Octavio Paz

A pairing of two of Henri Michaux’s most contemplative texts—Stroke by Stroke (Par des traits, 1984) and Grasp (Saisir, 1979)—written toward the end of his life. The author’s ink drawings accompany his poetic exploration of animals, insects, language, and human nature. Explosive, measured accounts of men and beasts.


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Archipelago Books (May 10 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976395053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976395058
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #685,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henry Michaux is hardly a painter, hardly even a writer, but a conscience – the most sensitive substance yet discovered for registering the fluctuating anguish of day-today, minute-to-minute living. —John Ashbery

Michaux is the poet laureate of our insomnia. —The New York Times Book Review Michaux excels in making us feel the strangeness of natural things and the naturalness of strange things. —Andre Gide

Michaux travels via his languages: lines, words, colors, silences, rhythms. And he does not hesitate to break the back of a word...In order to arrive: where? At that nowhere that is here, there, and everywhere. —Octavio Paz

About the Author

Belgian-born French poet, journalist, and painter, Henri Michaux's (1899-1984) body of work includes poetry, travelogues, and art criticism. Michaux was widely traveled; his journeys brought him to North and South America, Africa, India, and China. Michaux gained particular fame for his writing in the 1940s, when his work drew interest from Andre Gide, Lawrence Durrell, and Octavio Paz, among others. Richard Sieburth's translations include Friedrich Holderlin's Hymns and Fragments, Walter Benjamin's Moscow Diary, Gerard de Nerval's Selected Writings, and Henri Michaux's Emergences/Resurgences. His English edition of the Nerval won the 2000 PEN Book-of-the-Month-Club Translation Prize.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and intriguing Dec 26 2008
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Michaux has a wonderful way with his words, images, metaphors and rhythms. His spiritual journey is always transformative. He is a brilliant painter with his words.

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