Man's Fate

Man's Fate

by Andre Malraux

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Overview

As explosive and immediate today as when it was originally published in 1933, Man's Fate (La Condition Humaine), an account of a crucial episode in the early days of the Chinese Revolution, foreshadows the contemporary world and brings to life the profound meaning of the revolutionary impulse for the individuals involved. As a study of conspiracy and conspirators, of men caught in the desperate clash of ideologies, betrayal, expediency, and free will, Andre Malraux's novel remains unequaled.

Translated from the French by Haakon M. Chevalier

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679725749
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/19/1990
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 251,243
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

André Malraux (1901–1976) was a French novelist, intellectual, art theorist, and statesman. His novels often explore the tension between political idealism and the existential realities of revolution. La Condition humaine (Man’s Fate) is his most recognized work and won Le Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, in 1933. A talented statesman who promoted French culture during the postwar period, he was France’s inaugural minister of culture under the presidency of Charles de Gaulle, serving from 1959 to 1969.

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irisiris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little dull but no surprise: this is a required text on the shelf of every French citizen. best bet: read a greatest-hits version of Malraux's memoirs
michaelbartley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is a remarkable book, one that should be read and better known. this is a story of the communist attempting to bring about the revolution in china about 1920's. this is before mao took control of the ccp. it shows the struggle of the party, still mant. by the russians many leaders were european. this is a great book
DRFP on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A novel that eventually won me over. Malraux's prose is sometimes a little too philosophical and poetic to the extent it takes you out of the action. Characters mumbling certain lines out loud also seems far fetched. Yet the writing itself is good and for all the personal opinions and life philosophy Malraux inserts into Man's Fate he does succeed in crafting a quite moving novel. It's a slow burner but by the time of the inevitable outcome I couldn't help but feel for the various sad fates that awaited the cast.Infused with his own outlook and written with obvious sympathy for the Communist movement in China (and the terrorists within it) this novel might not appeal to all but it's certainly one worth giving a try.
pechmerle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A dramatic recounting of a heroic but failed urban revolutionary uprising in Shanghai in 1927. The final scenes are intensely chilling. (The failure of this revolt sent the emergent Chinese Communist Party to the countryside, and the leadership of Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung). From there the party would eventually triumph in 1949. But this novel is limited to a few days in 1927.)In the context of this pivotal 1927 political moment, but more importantly for Malraux, his characters confront deep themes of the meaning of action, inaction, collective vs. individual action, and moral choices, when the stakes are imminent death. As, in truth, they always are. This is a political novel (the author was an honored guest of the Soviet writers' union in 1934), but is also one of the pioneering works of French existentialist literature (won the "Prix Goncourt" in 1933). The title is taken from an aphorism of Pascal, which translates approximately to: Imagine a number of men in chains, all condemned to death, from whom some are taken each day to be executed before the eyes of the others. Those who remain see their own plight in that of their fellows and, looking at one another in sadness and without hope, await their turn. In this image, you see the human condition."(Malraux went on, in his later years, to become Minister of State for cultural affairs under President De Gaulle. It is thanks to Malraux that centuries of soot and grime were cleaned off Notre Dame de Paris, and later the Louvre, so that we may see these masterworks more nearly as the generations of their creators did.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the Chinese Revolution happened many years ago, this book brings you the human experience of revolution and in many respects a glimpse into the evolution of Chinese culture. The author does justice to the Chinese revolution by channeling you into the very heart of any revolution - the people.