Henri Michaux

Luigi Marfe (Università degli Studi di Padova)
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Henri Michaux (1899-1984) was a Belgian writer and painter. His literary production spans a period of 60 years in which he explored a great variety of literary genres, forms and styles. Michaux wrote poems, short stories, travelogues, descriptions of imaginary places, philosophical disquisitions, essays of art criticism and other prose. Among his masterpieces are works such as

Un certain Plume

[A Certain Plume, 1930],

Un Barbare en Asie

[A Barbarian in Asia, 1933],


[The Night Moves, 1935],

L’Infini turbulent

[Infinite Turbulence, 1957]. Common traits of his


are linguistic experimentalism, a desire to escape any fixed norm or form, an insistence on a dreamlike imagination and autobiographical exploration.

Michaux was born in Namur in 1899. His father was from the

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Citation: Marfe, Luigi. "Henri Michaux". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 November 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5723, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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