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By Andre Malraux, Terence Kilmartin

ISBN-10: 0805014098

ISBN-13: 9780805014099

Reprint from the French version. 5 printings plus a e-book membership variation. André Malraux (1901 - 1976) used to be a French adventurer, award-winning writer, and statesman. Having traveled greatly in Indochina and China, Malraux used to be famous specially for his novel entitled l. a. Humaine (Man's destiny) (1933), which received the Prix Goncourt. He was once appointed through common Charles de Gaulle as Minister of data (1945-1946), then as Minister of kingdom (1958-1959), and the 1st Minister of Cultural Affairs, serving in the course of De Gaulle's complete presidency (1959-1969).

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At that time I did not think of the word sacred as having any funereal overtones. The Greek Winged Victory seemed to me a sphinx of the morning. The only enduring realism is otherworldly, and I began to see that, taken as a whole, even modern art is a fabulous beast. I was to go on discovering it for years. At the time the Sphinx towered over the village and the little temple. Its paws were still buried in the sand, giving it the aura of a sculptured mountain. But the ruins, the true ruins which made the crumbling temples one with the abandoned prisons of Piranesi with their gibbets supporting colossal lanterns, are gradually being transformed into ar­ chaeological sites.

His head was still motionless, his voice still withdrawn-as though he were speaking not to my father but to the books and the famous photographs in the shadows, as though no listener was quite worthy of understanding him; or rather as though those who might have under­ stood what he was about to say were all of another age, as though no one, today, would be willing to understand him, and he was speaking only out of a weary politeness and sense of duty. In his whole attitude there was the same arrogant modesty as was expressed by his little raised desk.

2 1934 /1950 /1965. Art and death are all I hope to rediscover here. Memoirs rarely bring us the author's encounters with the ideas which are to permeate or guide his life. Gide explains to us how he dis­ covered that he was a pederast, but it is his biographer who attempts to explain to us how he discovered that he was an artist. Yet in my mind-and in the minds of most intellectuals-there are ideas the first encounter with which remains as immediate as if they were persons. I use the word encounter advisedly, because excogitation, the process of elaboration and development, comes later.

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