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CONDITION HUMAINE (LA) [Mass Market Paperback]

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Outre l'irréductible échéance liée à la mort, outre les multiples et indicibles souffrances, n'est-il pas donné à tous de choisir son destin ? Certes la vie est tragique mais elle doit avoir un sens. Un sens, peut-être des sens, mais seuls quelques-uns aux vertus salvatrices s'offrent aux hommes pour les affranchir de leur condition. La Révolution, au nom d'une foi en la fraternité, est une arme tournée contre la misère, celle qui enchaîne l'homme parce qu'elle le prive de sa dignité. Vaincre l'humiliation en leur nom propre ou pour les autres par le biais de la Révolution, voici le combat que se sont choisis les héros de La Condition humaine. Pour échapper à l'angoisse de "n'être qu'un homme", l'amour est un autre de ces moyens, mais seul l'amour véritable et fusionnel qu'éprouvent Kyo et May l'un pour l'autre est susceptible de briser la profonde solitude des êtres. Misérable humanité, humanité héroïque et grandiose, c'est "la condition humaine"... Elle résonnera à jamais comme un écho au fond de soi, tant il est vrai que ce roman est "d'une intelligence admirable et, malgré cela, profondément enfoncé dans la vie, engagé, et pantelant d'une angoisse parfois insoutenable", comme l'avait écrit Gide. --Lenaïc Gravis et Jocelyn Blériot

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must and a classic !! March 19 1999
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This is a reference among Malraux's writings, because it describes perfectly his own obsessions. Malraux has traveled a lot, and has experienced a lot of different concepts, and a lot of different situations.
He started by exporting stolen antiques in Thailand, and spent some time in prison there. He was a convinced communist, and went to several countries, where revolution were occuring in the 50s. He finally became a ministry of Charles de Gaulles, who is the symbol of liberal people in France. His ashes were recently transfered to the Pantheon by Jacques Chirac, as an acknowledge to his work, as a writer, and as a politician.
Malraux loved to build his books around historical situations, where it appeared clearly they were made by individual contributions.
This also might be one of Malraux's obsessions. Where does the individual stands in a nation. What importance should be given to the collective organism when it has to be opposed to the interests of a particular individual ?
During his life, Malraux seems to have explored all the range of possibilities, moving from a concept to another.
La Condition humaine really shows all the ambiguity of this duality Collective/Individual.
Some characters are folded up on themselves, and might represent the extreme individuality, some other die for the good of an idea, and might represent the collectivity. But at the end of the book, no one has achieved to find the Answer.
If you would like to learn about the French culture, I would highly recommend this book, for three reasons. First Malraux did a lot of interesting things at the end of the 60's, as a ministry of culture, and so impacted the current French culture. Second, the duality between collective / individual is something that perfectly describes France itself, and is the heart of the current situation of this country. And third, the book itself is really well written, and a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Malraux reaching the deepest in a century May 9 1998
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Being a French student, I have been able to read the French text. Hence, I find it quite difficult to comment the style, since "tradutore traditore". However, I would like to insist on the philosophical content of the book. Of course, it still remains plain litterature and therefore cannot be compared to a full philosophical work. Malraux reaches the deepest essence in the XXth century : every character is fleeing his own existence, indulging in drug addiction and contemplation, or in political action. Who really overcomes his condition ? Can it be said ok Kyo : this is doubtful. The absurd dimension in the book must not neglected : the pitiful diplomatic negociation of Ferrat close the book, while the old Gisors engulfes in the blackest of nights, the same one that Tchen, in the very first pages, had vainly tempted to overcome. It is of course, the vnity of human engagements that appears, which already evokes Malraux's elvolution.
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