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By this brief charting of certain variations in his utilization of them, I hope to have underscored still more heavily the degree to which his commitment to involvement, to engagement, as well as moral, political, and spiritual, was necessarily and demonstrably aesthetic. Indeed, it may well be that many of the apparent enigmas of Malraux's intellectual itinerary result only from a lack of understanding in the observer of the degree to which he was preoccupied with his quest for an effective mode of expression, a voice able to inform appropriately his vision of the human condition.
18 Man seeking to become Manjusri.
The smile of the farfelu now joins the archaic smile of sculpture39 in signifying for Malraux that Man has reached into himself and once more made contact with his soul. CHAPTER SIX On Tibetan Symbolism Du haut des couvents aux toits plats des provinces thibetaines, le plus beau mystere descend ... (Malraux, La Tentation de I'Occident, iS)1 In the half-light of a Shanghai bedroom, a man slowly approaches a naked Chinese prostitute. As he lowers himself towards her, his eye glimpses, momentarily, on the wall, a Tibetan painting representing two skeletons locked in an embrace.