By Andre Malraux, Terence Kilmartin
Reprint from the French variation. 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 generally in Indochina and China, Malraux was once famous particularly for his novel entitled l. a. Humaine (Man's destiny) (1933), which gained the Prix Goncourt. He used to be appointed via basic Charles de Gaulle as Minister of knowledge (1945-1946), then as Minister of country (1958-1959), and the 1st Minister of Cultural Affairs, serving in the course of De Gaulle's whole presidency (1959-1969).
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It was not yet completely uncovered; no longer buried, as in 1934, but still speaking the noble language of ruins which are in process of being transformed into archaeological sites. It was in 19 55 that I wrote the following beside it: "The weathering of the stone, by reducing its features to the verge of formlessness, gives them an aura of devil-stones or sacred mountains; like the wings of a barbarian helmet, the side pieces of the headdress frame the huge worn face which is further obliterated by the approach of night.
Walter's voice grew still more remote. "The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness. And not only images, but . . well, just look . . Through a skylight somewhere, the mushroom scent of the trees dripping in the still warm night drifted in with the rustle of the forest silence, mingling with the dusty smell of bookbindings in the ill-lit library.
When Venus, the evening star, became the morning star, all the astrologers were on the watch. If it coincided with an eclipse of the moon, the king and queen were taken to a cave in the mountains. "And there they were strangled. "They knew their fate as surely as a cancerous doctor knows the out come of cancer: chained to the heavens as we are to our germs. Nearly all the court dignitaries followed them to their deaths. They died from the death of the king as we die of a clot on the brain. "The king's corpse was tended with the greatest devotion until he rose again with the new moon in the shape of a new king.