A master of modern French literature, André Gide (–) explored the motivation and function of the will, self-cultivation, and individual conduct in. Sam Jordison: Gide’s novel remains subversive and threatening over years after its publication. But did anyone actually like it?. narcissism» in their analyses of Gidean texts.2 One récit in particular, L ‘ Immoraliste. (), has inspired a host of Freudian readings of its protagonist Michel.

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His appreciation for youths turns to taboo encounters of the most predatory kind.

I no longer thought much about happiness; my single melancholy pleasure was sometimes seeing Marceline smile. In the first book, Gide looks at what happens when someone allows themselves to become obsessed with the idea of God, to the exclusion of all normal human feelings. Michel’s recovery of health sharpens his aesthetic sense as well as increasing his awareness of physical sensation and the intensity of his sexual drive, so that we scarcely know how much we are being told when Michel reports his decision to shave off his beard.

He set out in to write a great novel, which he called The Counterfeiters Les Fauxmonnayeurs and which he published in ; in the same year he published an account of how he wrote it. Andre Gide’s small confession is a key work of French modernism.

He learns immorailste the Heurtevent family and their morally corrupt behavior. The self-justifying world that Michel now inhabits centres on the immorraliste search for ‘authenticity’, which means that all the elements of his previous life – his wife included – must be cast aside.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. This dual-language edition, which offers a clear, accurate English translation on pages facing the original French, will be invaluable to students and teachers, Stanley Applebaum’s translation preserves the passion and intensity of the original while skillfully retaining Gide’s nobility and simplicity of style. The preliminary Psalm quotation is ironic, and the dedication to a Catholic a tease, well understood in the exclusive literary circle in which Gide was known.


The Immoralist

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. French literature, the body of written works in the French language produced within the geographic and political boundaries of France. Proponents of Africanism and Orientalism view the immoraliete and the cultures of Africa and Asia respectively through a Eurocentric lens.

Modern Language Association http: Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination…. The Immoralist is a recollection of events that Michel narrates to his three visiting friends.

So, what Gide says: Not so sure why this book is There are no discussion topics on this book yet. For a variety of largely personal reasons, including the discovery of his homosexuality, he turned to the literature of moral and spiritual values. Articles needing additional references from Immoralistd All articles needing additional references Imomraliste dmy dates from September Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing French-language text Wikipedia articles with BNF identifiers.

The Immoralist/L’Immoraliste: A Dual-Language Book

Vague not because there is a dearth of reasons associated with the necessity or goodness of moral values gdie for a harmonious existence of humans in the society but because the certainty of actions needed to achieve these morals is debatable.

See and discover other items: The work by Gide traverses through murky and obscure alleys of the mind, sometimes revealing those thoughts which lay concealed but which can readily surface without alarm if unrestrained, thereby posing a peril to the widely accepted or personal notions of morality. Knopf English, Vintage Books Howard translation, If they did succeed in breaking conventions their effect was short-lived. Yes, it probably killed his wife and bankrupted him, but he is free!


But there are only nods and winks, and in a nod was as good as a wink gidee a blind horse. The book begins with a suppressed young dutiful intellectual and ends with a despairing debauched and self-deluded libertine.

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The Immoralist by André Gide

He has grown bored and lonely in his new surroundings and desires to be reintegrated with society. Also, most of the early reviews appear to have been favourable — not least because they were generally written by friends of Gide’s. Clearly, no one knows why. Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people including myself will approve of me?

Together they travel throughout the beautiful coast of I Andre Gide’s small confession is a key work of French modernism. For those of us, mind you, who like our thrills in the realm of unrealised potentiality. Gide provoked exactly the range of public reactions he counted on.

Still, back in France he marries his cousin, who isn’t interested in sex. And again I ended by enjoying the dissimulation itself, savoring it as I savored the functioning of my unsuspected faculties. His self-exploratory texts reflect gie search of how to be fully oneself, even to the point of owning one’s sexual nature, without at the same time betraying one’s values.