Madagascar is a “red island” inhabited by the ricefarming Malagasy. Their lives have changed little since the times described by Arkady Fiedler in his books.

In the photo: hills lit by the setting sun on the way to Miandrivazo; a village next to the Canal des Pangalanes located on a shoal; the road to Andringitra National Park with a mountain carved by water erosion in the background; a smiling woman with a tree bark mask on her face, which according to the local custom should be worn for a day or more.