The World: Malraux: The End of a Civilization

At 72, André Malraux remains the archetypical questing man, still casting a fiercely brilliant eye on man's fate and mankind's shifting perceptions of art and politics. His latest book, La Tête d'Obsi-dienne, is a bestseller in France, even though it is heavily philosophical. In it, he reflects on art and civilization—Eastern, Western, African, pre-Columbian, prehistoric. TIME Correspondent Paul Ress visited the author in the Paris suburb of Verrières-le-Buisson, where he lives in a villa surrounded by sweeping lawns and old cedars. Ress's report:

Propped on tables and chests of drawers were unframed paintings...

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