Stroke by Stroke by Henri MichauxStroke by Stroke by Henri Michaux

Stroke by Stroke

byHenri MichauxTranslated byRichard Sieburth

Paperback | May 10, 2006

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Stroke by Stroke is a pairing of two of Henri Michaux’s most suggestive texts, Stroke by Stroke (Par des traits, 1984) and Grasp (Saisir, 1979), written towards the end of his life. Michaux’s ideogrammic ink drawings accompany his poetic explorations of animals, humans, and the origins of language. This series of verbal and pictorial gestures is at once explosive and contemplative. Michaux emerges at his most Zen.
Henri Michaux (1899-1994) was born in Namur, Belgium. His travels throughout the Americas, Asia, and Africa inspired his first two books, Ecuador and A Barbarian in Asia. In 1948, after the death of his wife, he devoted himself increasingly to his distinctive calligraphic ink drawings. Averse to publicity of any sort, in 1965 he refuse...
Title:Stroke by StrokeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.51 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:May 10, 2006Publisher:Steerforth PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0976395053

ISBN - 13:9780976395058

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As for living creatures and things, who has not wished to get a fuller, better, different grasp on them, not with words, not with phonemes or onomatopoeias, but with graphic signs?Who has not wished at some point to create an abecedarium, a bestiary, or even an entire vocabulary, from which the verbal would be entirely excluded?What if I tried my hand at it once again, opening myself in earnest to the creatures of the seen world?

Editorial Reviews

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