Download e-book for kindle: André Malraux : towards the expression of transcendence by David Bevan

By David Bevan

ISBN-10: 0773505520

ISBN-13: 9780773505520

ISBN-10: 0773561072

ISBN-13: 9780773561076

The central axes of inquiry are Malraux's ongoing quest for a measurement of transcendence inside human lifestyles and, at lest as compelling, his look for the main applicable and powerful skill in which to precise a altering know-how of simply what that measurement may be. now not unusually, in a global it appears doomed to languish within the spectral shadow of loss of life, there are specific constants: a craving for a few fraternity to wrestle man's crucial solitude, a refusal to sink with out attempt into the vortex of the Absurd, a conviciton that lifestyles is to be lived totally and extremely. The human is what it's. The ways that Malraux's characters, and naturally Malraux himself, focus on this situation demonstrate a transparent evolution, particularly from the 1933 novel los angeles humaine onwards. The reader follows Malraux from playful youth in the course of the dichotomy of affliction and glorification in his center years, in the direction of the basically interrogative utterances of the mature guy. the usually frivolous, occasionally sardonic, humour of adlescent supplies method first to a painful attractiveness of the abyss, then to the invention of a truly tentative equilibrium within the philosophy of metamorphosis espoused by way of an older Malraux. André Malraux: in the direction of the Expression of Transcendence unearths the valuable steps wherein Malraux accomplished that equilibrium.

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17 I have already examined in some detail in chapter 3 the erotic encounter between Ferral and Valerie which immediately precedes the allusion to the Tibetan painting. There is no doubt that it is the anguished frustration which that experience generates in Ferral that causes him to seek relief in still another body. And yet the irony is clear: for Ferral' s inability to attain any supreme fulfilment or real self-affirmation in his relationship with Valerie is not a function of their particular characters or idiosyncrasies, but rather a testimony to the inadequacy of all erotic experience to provide any Absolute.

It is in Malraux's second novel, La Vote royale, that free indirect-style occurs for the first time in that writer's work. There, for the most part, it is to Claude's thoughts that the reader is given in this way almost unfiltered access: II se retourna vers Perken, interrogatif. - Us plantent des lancettes de guerre. Done ils attendaient bien la nuit, et prenaient leurs precautions. Et combien de travaux semblables se preparaient ou se poursuivaient, derriere la case, derriere la ligne fourmillante de ces corps penches?

Here, however, the reader is bruised by a dimension which transcends the mere corpse and the mere butterfly; for the latter conditions our perception of the former and our very human sensibilities are jarred by the confrontation. An element of levity has now become a device which refines and heightens the tragic sentiment. The farfelu is in the process of being revalued. A similar conclusion could be posited by examining the evolution encountered in Malraux's range of monsters, as the frivolity of that titillating, adoptive, "y" in Malraux's spelling of "dyables" is replaced by the gaping leer of the death mask.

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