This is a fascinating blend of biography, travelogue and fiction charting renowned French poet Arthur Rimbaud's lost voyage At eighteen, the French poet Rimbaud proclaimed: "My day is done; I'm leaving Europe. The sea air will burn my lungs; lost climes will tan my skin." Three years later, in 1876, he joined the Royal Army of the Dutch Indies and sailed for Java, where he promptly deserted and fled into the jungle. In the first book devoted to Rimbaud's lost voyage to Asia, novelist and critic Jamie James reviews everything that is known about the journey; from there he imaginatively reconstructs what the poet must have seen and what he might have done, vividly recreating life in 19th-century Java along the way. "Rimbaud in Java" concludes with an inquiry into what the Orient represented in the poet's imagination.