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By Henri Michaux

A wild trip to the East narrated through a author who's "without equivalent within the literature of our time" –Jorge Luis Borges

Henri Michaux (1899–1984), the good French poet and painter, set out as a tender guy to work out the a long way East. touring from India to the Himalayas, and directly to China and Japan, Michaux voices his bright impressions, slicing critiques, and curious insights: He has no difficulty conversing his brain. half fanciful travelogue and half exploration of tradition, A Barbarian in Asia is gifted the following in its unique translation by way of Sylvia seashore, the well-known American-born bookseller in Paris.

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Dorman Smith leaves Burma, June 1946 (Imperial War Museum) 16. Muslim rioters and the corpse of a Hindu, Calcutta, August 1946 (Corbis) 17. India’s interim government at their swearing in, Delhi 1946 (Corbis) 18. Aung San and Attlee, London, January 1947 (Getty) 19. Aung San and family, 1947 (Popperfoto) 20. The Mountbattens in Delhi, eve of independence, August 1947 (Getty) 21. Celebrating independence in Calcutta, August 1947 (Getty) 22. Ending the Burmese days: Rance and Burma’s president, January 1948 (Corbis) 23.

There was an epidemic of venereal disease. Some prisoners even went into business, one Australian opening a hotel in Kyoto, where he sold sake and Asahi beer. There was remarkably little violence. The Japanese had all along feared this vast captive army, but now it was too weak to take its revenge. Many Allied servicemen visited the ruins of Hiroshima. They understood little of what had happened there: some thought the city had been a huge ammunition dump. In the words of one Australian major, they ‘did tours with cut lunches and hot boxes etc.

Mahathir Mohamad (b. 1923). Malay politician. A medical student in Singapore after the war, and author of occasional newspaper columns on Malay affairs. Later joined UMNO and became fourth prime minister of Malaysia, 1981–2003. Mahomed Ali Jinnah (b. 1876). President of the All-India Muslim League, 1916, 1920 and from 1934. First Governor General of Pakistan from August 1947. Died 1948. Marshall, David (b. 1908). First chief minister of Singapore, 1955–6, on a Labour Party platform. Of Baghdadi Jewish background, he was a noted trial lawyer and human rights campaigner.

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