This modern edition – enhanced with 75 period illustrations and detailed appendices – offers readers the first English translation of the dangers, discoveries and people encountered on his solitary adventure. Groslier’s impressions and insights still fascinate those who, even today, seek answers in the ancient shrines of Cambodia.
“What we find in the shadow of Angkor is not merely an extraordinary example of a dead civilization…but a dead civilization whose torches have been kept alight and shine on.”
George Groslier – Tonle Repou, July 12, 1913
“The re-publication of Groslier’s book is a cause for celebration. While much interest stems from descriptions of these temples as he saw them in 1913 – when they were indeed virtually unknown to more than a few western scholars – there is much more to be found in this book of lyrical, and at times poetic, writing.”
Milton Osborne – Foreword
George Groslier (1887-1945), historian,curator and author wasthe motivating force behind much of the revivalof interest in traditional Cambodian arts and crafts. He dedicated his life and career to Cambodia, accumulating many titles and honors along the way. He was a champion of the arts, a man of science, photographer and painter,a novelist and writer, and an ethnologist who infused all of his works with passion and sensitivity.
Groslier was born in Cambodia on February 4, 1887. He died in Cambodia, the country he loved, under torture as a Japanese prisoner on June 18, 1945. His genius lives on through his works. Read More >
George Groslier and the School of Cambodian Arts – Part 1
Khmer Crafts – George Groslier and the School of Cambodian Arts – Part 2
Royal Cambodian Dancers of Sisowath in 1927 Photos by George Groslier