Lecture: Malraux and India


October 12, 2015    
7:00 pm


AntiSocial, 9A & 12, New Delhi
Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

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Dr. Peter Tame, Vice-President of the Amitiés Internationales d’André Malraux and a researcher with Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, proposes a lecture on ‘André Malraux and India’

Malraux, interested in the Orient from an early age, travelled here in the 1920s. His first visit to India was between 1929 and 1931, after which he returned several times. . In 1926 he published La Tentation de l’occident (The Temptation of the West), a lyrical correspondence between two fictional men: Ling, a Chinese traveller in Europe, and A.D. a Frenchman travelling through the Far-East. But it is in a later work, Antimémoires, that Malraux meditated on the destiny of India in particular, a country that had already fascinated him with its art, philosophy and religions. Malraux’s relations with India were complex and multiple. All through his life he was attracted by Indian culture and thought. This lecture offers an exploration and analysis of these relations through Malraux’s writing.

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