Download PDF by David Bevan: Andre Malraux: Towards the Expression of Transcendence

By David Bevan

ISBN-10: 0773505520

ISBN-13: 9780773505520

The 2 crucial axes of inquiry are Malraux's ongoing quest for a size of transcendence inside human lifestyles and, at lest as compelling, his look for the main applicable and potent capacity through which to precise a altering wisdom of simply what that size should be. no longer unusually, in an international it sounds as if doomed to languish within the spectral shadow of demise, there are specific constants: a longing for a few fraternity to strive against man's crucial solitude, a refusal to sink with out attempt into the vortex of the Absurd, a conviciton that existence is to be lived totally and very. 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 formative years throughout the dichotomy of soreness and glorification in his heart years, in the direction of the essentially interrogative utterances of the mature guy. the usually frivolous, occasionally sardonic, humour of youngster offers method first to a painful reputation of the abyss, then to the invention of a truly tentative equilibrium within the philosophy of metamorphosis espoused by means of an older Malraux. Andre Malraux: in the direction of the Expression of Transcendence finds the valuable steps wherein Malraux completed that equilibrium.

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Although this work had appeared in English in Paris in 1928, Malraux discovered it in 1931 while working for Gallimard, which was preparing the first French translation. In fact he was sufficiently taken with the work to write the "Preface" for that edition, which finally appeared early in 1932. It is examination of this preface, for the most part, which suggests the degree to which reflection on Lawrence's novel allowed Malraux to focus and explore his notion of the erotic, and to attain the perspective which will be his own in La Condition humaine.

Peu importe le moyen de cet eveil. 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.

29 A similar association with a divine, recast in human terms, is to be discovered in the references to "fetiches" and masks which furnish a common decor for the meditations and conversations of Le Miroir des limbes. For example, the Katchina dolls of the Hopi Indians, costumed, with admirable coherence for my thesis, like "papillons g£ometriques," are designated by Malraux " divinit£s du farfelu. "3° Indeed, they have the particular function of providing some naive access to the mystery of the spiritual - "elles permettent aux enfants d'identifier les Esprits.

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