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Silk Roads - Asian Adventures of Clara and Andre Malraux (Hardcover, New edition) Loot Price: R1,858
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Silk Roads - Asian Adventures of Clara and Andre Malraux (Hardcover, New edition): Axel Madsen

Silk Roads - Asian Adventures of Clara and Andre Malraux (Hardcover, New edition)

Axel Madsen

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A disappointingly superficial double-portrait of the adventurer/author of Man's Fate, Voices of Silence, etc., and of his first wife. Written in a style that often reads like a translation, the narrative is skittishly organized, leaping back and forward in time with little apparent reason, and rarely probes the psychologies of its two subjects. Andre Malraux never lacked self-confidence, whether he was plundering Khmer sculptures in the jungles of Cambodia in the 1920's, organizing an anti-Franco air squadron during the Spanish Civil War, or, as Charles de Gaulle's Secretary of Cultural Affairs, commissioning Coco Chanel to redecorate a wing of the Louvre. Clara Malraux, on the other hand, was completely in her husband's thrall, overwhelmed by Andre's brilliance and daring. In an especially revealing confession, Clara compared herself with Zelda Fitzgerald: "She went mad," Clara wrote. "It could have happened to me." It was only after the couple parted that Clara was able to make a mark for herself as a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Meanwhile, the fact that Malraux felt it necessary constantly to "revise" - many would say "fabricate" - his life story as he got older obviously complicates a biographer's work. Even granting this, however, Madsen is lax in tracking down the truth. Far too frequently, he merely notes the gaps in his subject's story or cites contradictory statements without comment. For example, in describing the origins of Malraux's The Conquerors, a novel that deals knowingly with China during the 1925 Hong Kong general strike, Madsen merely dismisses specular ions about its sources with a curt "the time he spent in China in 1925 was to be the most mysterious period of his life." A slapdash treatment of two intriguing figures who deserve greater attention than they receive here. (Kirkus Reviews)

Andre and Clara Malraux had the world at their feet. Wealthy and carefree, their life was a bohemian idyll spent frequenting the hottest clubs and restaurants, and traveling and mingling with the Paris literary set. But all this changed when the stock market crashed and their fortune disappeared overnight. Penniless but still craving adventure, Andre dreamt up a plan to travel to French Indochina where they would collect temple treasures and sell them for a huge profit in America. Against all the odds--jungle fevers, inexperience, and uncooperative locals--they succeeded. But their treasure hunt turned into a dangerous crusade when Clara and Andre set up an anti-government newspaper in Saigon, defiantly exposing colonial injustices, corruption, and the government's stifling of Asian culture.


Imprint: I.B. Tauris
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: December 1990
Authors: Axel Madsen
Dimensions: 234 x 156mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-85043-209-8
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > General
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > From 1900
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Novels, other prose & writers > General
Books > Biography > General
LSN: 1-85043-209-0
Barcode: 9781850432098

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