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By Claude Levi-Strauss

"A magical masterpiece."—Robert Ardrey. A chronicle of the author's look for a civilization "reduced to its most elementary expression."

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I'll input American territory; i used to be loose. it's time to cease. each one of those minor adventures recollects different incidents to brain. a few, just like the one i've got simply comparable, are attached with the struggle, yet others, which I mentioned previous, relate to the prewar interval. and that i may possibly upload others of more moderen date, if I drew on my travels in Asia of the previous couple of years. yet at the present time my great F. B. I. inspector wouldn't be so simply happy. all over the place the ambience is turning into both oppressive. four. the search for strength One trifling incident, which has remained in my reminiscence like an omen, used to be, for me, the 1st example of 1 of these doubtful scents or veering winds which usher in a few profound disturbance. After determining to not renew my agreement with the collage of São Paulo on the way to manage to make an extended journey into the internal, I had long past on sooner than my colleagues and used to be vacationing again to Brazil a couple of weeks ahead of they did; so, for the 1st time for 4 years, i used to be the one educational on board; for the 1st time, too, there have been a superb many passengers: a few international businessmen, yet mainly a complete French army challenge on its option to Paraguay. The commonly used crossing used to be hence made unrecognizable, as was once the as soon as serene surroundings on board send. The officials and their better halves made no contrast among a transatlantic crossing and a colonial excursion, or among their tasks as teachers to what was once, finally, a truly modest military and the career of a conquered nation. to arrange themselves, mentally no less than, for his or her activity, they became the deck right into a parade-ground, and the civilian passengers have been decreased to the prestige of natives. We didn't be aware of the place to show to flee such noisy and highhanded behaviour, which even prompted uneasiness one of the ship’s officials. in spite of the fact that, the chief of the project had a really various perspective from that of his subordinates; he and his spouse have been either discreet and thoughtful individuals; and so they got here as much as me at some point within the secluded nook the place i used to be escaping from the din, and requested approximately my earlier paintings and the thing of my project. additionally, they controlled ultimately to express the truth that they have been not more than powerless and clearsighted onlookers. The distinction was once so evident that it looked as if it would disguise a few secret or different; 3 or 4 years later I remembered the incident, whilst I came upon the officer’s identify within the newspapers and understood that his own place used to be, certainly, paradoxical. It used to be probably then, for the 1st time, that I understood whatever which was once later proven by way of both demoralizing reports in different components of the realm. trips, these magic caskets filled with dreamlike grants, won't ever back yield up their treasures untarnished. A proliferating and overexcited civilization has damaged the silence of the seas as soon as and for all. The perfumes of the tropics and the pristine freshness of humans were corrupted via a busyness with doubtful implications, which mortifies our wants and dooms us to procure merely infected thoughts.

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