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ISBN : 978-2-9191-22677

Format : 13 x 20 cm

Pages : 64 pages

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Au fil du Mékong, poèmes d’ici et ailleurs
(Along the Mekong River, poems from here and there)

Michel Muscadier | October 2014

In this collection of poems, ‘Along the Mekong River’, Michel Muscadier recounts for us some of those special charms that underline a subtle relationship which continues to bind France and the French to the Far East, and which has played such a profound role in our great story of Empire.

The book

Like an ancient, wily serpent in sandy, muddy torrents
Each day when some embittered god rages against the dark sky
The chaotic splendour of a mad, ferocious world
The sun turns your wine-coloured waters blood-red

Michel Muscadier is not just a nostalgic man; he is also an icon during whose long life, particular dates have become points of reference. It is a life in harmony with the passage of time. It has always been his wish to publish, at the end of 2014, a collection of those of his poems of which he is particularly fond. They have been written with meticulous care during the many years of his long life; they are now published as an anthology. This eternally youthful man, now in his eightieth year, has lived for half a century in Bangkok. His poems are full of fleeting images which are strangely mysterious and yet, at the same time, familiar. He has a concise yet fluid style of writing, casting light on that particularly French passion for this part of Asia and for its people. Soukha Publication could not resist publishing this anthology; nor, we believe, will our supporters be able to resist reading the poems.

The author

Michel Muscadier was born in France in October 1934. Twenty years later he embarked on a visit to more exotic climes; India and Pakistan were to be but the first stage in a long journey of exploration. He discovered with enthusiasm Laos, Vietnam and Burma. It was here that he was inspired to begin writing. But it was Thailand where he eventually settled in 1964 and he chose Bangkok as his permanent home. He was fascinated not just by the ‘City of Angels’, which he writes about in his inimitable style in the poems which follow, but also by the Kingdom of Thailand itself of which Bangkok is the capital, as well as its neighbouring countries which were to become his own. He has not, however, abandoned his own culture. He worked first as a freelance French teacher; his students were young Thais with an interest in French culture and civilization. From 1964-68 he worked with the Alliance Francaise and was then recruited by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to direct the regional French Film Library which encompassed eleven countries and territories of South-East Asia. He remained in this post until his retirement in 1994.