Sylvia Beach

Sylvia Beach

Sylvia Beach

Founder of the Left Bank bookstory Shakespeare and Co., Sylvia Beach was a luminary in the Parisian literary scene. The first publisher of Ulysses by James Joyce, Beach was also a translator of French-language literary works.

cover image of the book A Barbarian in Asia

A Barbarian in Asia

by Henri Michaux

Translated by Sylvia Beach

Henri Michaux (1889-1984), the great French poet and painter, set out as a young man to see the Far East. Traveling from India to the Himalayas, and on to China and Japan, Michaux voices his vivid impressions, cutting opinions, and curious insights: he has no trouble speaking his mind. Part fanciful travelogue and part exploration of culture, A Barbarian in Asia is presented here in its original translation by Sylvia Beach, the famous American-born bookseller in Paris.

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