Avant-garde poet Henri Michaux boarded a steamship bound for Ecuador in December 1927 as "a man who knows neither how to travel nor how to keep a journal." He set out to record a journey, but his vivid descriptions, his unexpected leaps of thought, provide a narrative unlike any other. The result, Ecuador: A Travel Journal, is a work of pointed observation and sensual, even hallucinogenic, poetry and prose.
Obsessed not with how a traveler interacts with the world but how the world-the mundane and the fantastic-invades and changes the traveler, Michaux recognized that stepping out of everyday life opens one up to images and reflections otherwise hidden. In Ecuador, Michaux bravely lays out what may be found if one dares to take such a voyage.
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