Book Les conquérants de l'inutile by Lionel Terray at Editions Paulsen
A great classic of alpine literature finally reissued in its unillustrated version. The most admirable and sincere autobiography of a mountaineer.
Mythical mountaineer, winner of the Annapurna, Lionel Terray publishes an autobiography which remains, even today, a great classic of mountain literature. More than an account of mountaineering, it is the book of a life. To the criticism of his father, who did not understand this activity which consisted in climbing mountains where one could not find "just a 100 franc note at the top", Lionel opposed the free nature of the game, the praise of the useless.
He quenched his thirst for climbing the highest peaks in the Alps and then in the Himalayas and became a giant of world mountaineering. Beyond the dramas that make the heart beat faster, this book is a great text about passion and the men who are burned by it.