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Stroke by Stroke by Henri Michaux

Stroke by Stroke

by Henri Michaux

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Michaux has given us a fabulous manifesto toward something simpler; a primal connection to art and language that would, paradoxically, enrich us all. Occasionally, just occasionally, I read a philosophical book like this and I 'get' it. It's wonderful when it happens. I also appreciated the translator's essay at the end; he seems to have made genuine decisions about word choice and their applicable meanings and senses that left me feeling, for once, that I may not have lost anything from the original. ( )
  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
Not what I expected. Heavy on art, low on poetry. English translations of his complete body of work are limited. ( )
  KalliopeAmorphous | Apr 30, 2010 |
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“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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