Shadow

written by Blaise Cendrars, translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown

Dramatic illustrations and lyrical text translated from the French poem tell a story of Shadow--of myth and magic.

Shadow lives in the forest...
It goes forth at night
to prowl around the fires.
It even likes to mingle
with the dancers...
Shadow...

But in the African experience Shadow is much more; an eerie image, shifting between the beliefs of the present and the spirits of the past.

Shadow...
It does not cry out,
it has no voice...
It can cast a spell over you...
It follows man everywhere,
even to war... 

Inspired by travel of the artist in Africa, the stunning illustrations, done in collages of cut paper, woodblock prints, torn paper, and bold acrylic washes, evoke the atmosphere and drama of life now haunted, now enchanted by Shadow.