By Henri Michaux
Henri Michaux defies universal serious definition. Critics have in comparison his paintings to such various artists as Kafka, Goya, quick, Klee, and Beckett. Allen Ginsberg known as Michaux “genius,” and Jorge Luis Borges wrote that Michaux’s paintings “is the ultimate within the literature of our time.”
This anthology comprises immense choices from just about all of Michaux’s significant works, such a lot by no means sooner than released in English, and permits readers to discover the haunting verbal and pictorial panorama of a twentieth-century visionary.
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whatever yet extra that it retains meaning
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Additional resources for Darkness Moves: An Henri Michaux Anthology, 1927-1984
An exception is My Properties, presented separately with one of his favorite pieces from Who I Was (1927) to represent his first two important years of publication; another exception is Trying to Wake Up (194^), printed separately for reasons explained in my introduction to that work; still another is Passages (1937—1963), placed at the very end of this volume to give a special place to Michaux's reflections on literature and art. The choice of texts has largely been determined by personal preference (mine and, whenever possible, Michaux's), and by the desire to give a representative selection of the variety of his work.
All this doesn't open on to a fine sky, either. Even though there is nothing over it, seemingly, you have to walk with a stoop as in a low tunnel. These properties are my only properties, and I've lived in them since childhood, and really very few people own poorer ones. Often I wanted to lay out fine avenues in them, I'd put in big landscaped grounds... It's not that I like grounds, but... still. At other times (it's a mania of mine, it comes back again and again after all my failures), in life outside or in an illustrated book I see an animal I like, a white egret for example, and I say to myself: now that would be nice in my properties, and then maybe it could multiply—and I take lots of notes and try to learn about everything in the animal's life.
Osteoporosis. Hand unusable. " 10 Cured. And now? Despite so many efforts in so many directions all through his life to change himself, his bones, without paying any attention to him, blindly follow their familial, racial, Nordic evolution... H. M. NOTES 1. Written by Henri Michaux for Robert Brechon, Michaux (Pans. Gallimard, 1959). XXX m . 2. French-speaking people from southern Belgium 3 Belgian countryside bordering on Holland S O M E I N F O R M A T I O N A B O U T F I F T Y - N I N E Y E A R S O F E X I S T E N C 4.