Silk Roads: The Asian Adventures of Clara and Andre Malraux

Silk Roads: The Asian Adventures of Clara and Andre Malraux

by Axel Madsen
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions


One of the greatest art theft stories of the 20th century: André Malraux, French novelist, art theorist, and eventually France’s Minister of Cultural Affairs, and his wife, Clara, traveled to Cambodia in 1923, planning to steal and smuggle artifacts out of the country and sell them in America. The Cambodian treasure hunt promised to be a mix of… See more details below

Overview


One of the greatest art theft stories of the 20th century: André Malraux, French novelist, art theorist, and eventually France’s Minister of Cultural Affairs, and his wife, Clara, traveled to Cambodia in 1923, planning to steal and smuggle artifacts out of the country and sell them in America. The Cambodian treasure hunt promised to be a mix of cultural sleuthing for important antiquities and risk-taking on the fuzzy edge of the laws that governed historical sites. The jungle expedition ended in arrest and, for André, trial and conviction. But it also led to a second Asian venture: the launching of a Saigon newspaper, L’Indochine, dedicated to the aspirations of the indigenous population. Madsen follows the couple from this fateful adventure that so shaped their future to the end of their marriage, and after.

 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Though the marriage didn’t last, its story entertains.” —Publishers Weekly


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848851900
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
07/20/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >