Art: Substitute for God?

For most of his 52 years, French Writer André Malraux had been searching for an answer to the question: What is the meaning of man? As a youth, he took up archeology, looking for the meaning among dead civilizations. Later he sought the answer in revolution, fought alongside the Communists in China and Spain. In 1939, he broke with the Communists, and after World War II, became right-hand man to right-wing General Charles de Gaulle. In his monumental book, The Voices of Silence, published in the U.S. last year (TIME, Nov. 23), Malraux seemed at last to have found his answer...

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