Cendrars recounts the Foreign Legion (including the loss of his arm), his exploits in Africa and South America, and his encounters with everyone from Gallic gipsies to Piquita, the Mexican millionairess. To all his encounters he brings the vitality, savage humor and vivid observation that characterize his dazzling writing.
'Highly styled, cruel, rude, splendid stuff.' - SUNDAY TIMES 'Exuberant, bizarre, picaresque... the only great modern writer to get his arm blown off in the Foreign Legion.' - GRANTA 'What a writer learns from Cendrars is to follow his nose, to obey life's commands, to worship no other god but life.' - HENRY MILLER 'That astonishing fireball of an author.' - DAILY TELEGRAPH 'An extraordinary man who also happened to be an extraordinary writer.' - IRISH TIMES