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The Immoralist (Penguin Modern Classics) (utgåvan 2000)

av André Gide (Författare), Alan Sheridan (Inledning), David Watson (Översättare)

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Superb novel deals with the consequences of amoral hedonism in the story of a man who tries to rise above good and evil and give free rein to his passions.& Introductory Note. Map. Footnotes.
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Titel:The Immoralist (Penguin Modern Classics)
Författare:André Gide (Författare)
Andra författare:Alan Sheridan (Inledning), David Watson (Översättare)
Info:Penguin Classics (2000), Edition: New Ed, 144 pages
Samlingar:Literature, Ditt bibliotek
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1001 Books begins its summary of The Immoralist like this:

A thought-provoking book that still has the power to challenge complacent attitudes and unfounded cultural assumptions, The Immoralist recounts a young Parisian man’s attempt to overcome social and sexual conformity. (1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, ABC Books 2006, p.241)

The novella is prefaced by an attempt to explain that the ‘problem’ of the book existed before it was written. It is then book-ended at the beginning by a pseudo-letter to the Prime Minister that asks what role in society a young man like the hero might have… and completed by that same friend’s awkward conclusion after the hero’s story has been told. That story is narrated by Michel, who starts out as an austere young scholar and ends up as a defiant hedonist.

The translation, by Dorothy Bussy, uses the term ‘hero’ in the preface. But it does not seem to me that there is anything heroic about Michel.

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2021/01/18/the-immoralist-by-andre-gide-translated-by-d... ( )
  anzlitlovers | Jan 17, 2021 |
Well, I liked this more than I thought I would, and more than everyone else seems to. Gide's style here is glorious. Like Larbaud, the prose is perfectly clear, a little elegiac, but also as precise as possible. Gide's tale is simple, but thought-provoking: you could read this as a celebration of Nietzschean uber-menschdom, but only if you're more or less an inhuman prick; you could read it as a plea for repression and moralistic priggery, but only if, again, you're an inhuman prick. On the other hand, Gide makes a strong case for both: Michel is miserable as he is (i.e., repressed and oppressed), but also miserable as a completely 'free' immoralist. There's no particularly good answer here, but the novel is extremely well put together.

Also, fun form: a letter written by one friend to another friend recounting the story told in person to the writer by a mutual friend. It works surprisingly well. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
A hundred and ten odd years have turned this novel limp for modern readers. The questions about personal freedom and how to pursue it best have resolved themselves.
Nonetheless, a good quick read that casts light on its time.
  ivanfranko | Jul 17, 2020 |
This story of the Immoralist is narrated to a select group of his old friends, who come at the request of the epoymous protagonist to his self appointed place of exile in North Africa. They find him dejected and really out of sorts, and he explains the story of what led him to be here, which spans an interval of time over which they have largely lost touch with him. In the final pages, following his tale, one of them sums up their feelings, which capture the unease that is likely to take hold of the reader: ”Our not having known at what point to condemn it in the course of his long explanation seemed almost to make us his accomplices. We felt, as it were, involved.”
The story itself, without going into any detail of the plot, centres on the Frenchman Michel. After recovering from a life threatening illness that he discovers on his honeymoon, he becomes extra alert to the pleasures of his senses, and veers off onto a path of hedonism at the expense of his new wife. While no single action here is really shocking in itself, and seems understandable based on Michel's point of view, it is the sum total that become unsettling, and perhaps more so the attitude or thoughts of Michel that drive his behaviour. He becomes detatched in some way from the world and society, but not in the sense that the existentialists do - yet it produces a similar sense of unease. The difference is perhaps that existentialist unease in some cases is due to feeling at odds with, or sick due to the senses (Satre's Nausea), of sometimes too much moral self reflection (Kierkegaard), and alienation from others (Sartre again, and Camus), while in this case Michel slips into a world subject to the senses and detatched from moral self reflection. Having said that, though much of his enjoyment revolves around others, his superficial appreciation of them more as unknowable objects in some sense, does however share some aspects with existentialism.
This is a very distinctive work, and though the story in itself is not of the kind that makes a page-turner, it leaves a lasting impression due to the reasons above, and much of the atmosphere vividly described. It is also not at all difficult to read, and is somewhere between a novella and a novel in length at under 160 pages. Though it might be considered by some a classic due to there not being anything else quite like this, that I am aware of, I did not enjoy it as much as the novella length works by Camus or other French writers with whom Gide might be compared. ( )
  P_S_Patrick | Nov 12, 2017 |
Knowing a bit about Gide's biography makes Marceline make sense. A lot of the book is clarified in light of his biography, really. Another one that contributes to my current work, I must say that this book wasn't nearly as satisfying as I hoped. I was ready for more criminality and more immorality, though the oblique ways that Michel renounces morals is thought-provoking. I also dreadfully wanted more Menalque, which gives me more motivation to get to [b:Fruits of the Earth|869348|Fruits of the Earth|André Gide|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1338733205s/869348.jpg|1272045]. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
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Gide, Andréprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Bussy, DorothyÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Frasconi, AntonioOmslagsformgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Kurpershoek, TheoOmslagsformgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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