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Man's Fate (La Condition Humaine) (original 1933; edition 1990)

by André Malraux (Author)

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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… (more)
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Man's Fate by André Malraux (1933)

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  archivomorero | Jun 27, 2022 |
I read an English translation of an early edition. If you are interested in the Communist uprising and its suppression in Shanghai in 1927 or how those things might work, then please add some stars. This seems to be very realistic historical fiction. ( )
  KENNERLYDAN | Jul 11, 2021 |
This novel is impossible to enjoy as intended without a good deal of historical background or the benefit of a critical edition. Part Three contains particularly esoteric dialogue. That said, Malraux's prose is at its most engaging when it is abstracted, contemplative, and full of existential melancholy. ( )
  BeauxArts79 | Jun 2, 2020 |
Characters dealing with life and death during war.
  freddyba | Dec 2, 2019 |
It has been said in other reviews that "Much is lost in translation." In fact, this is a horrible translation. The work deserves a new life at the hands of someone capable of rendering it into fluid readable English. And who was the editor who let Chevalier get away with the many nearly incomprehensible long single sentences containing a colon, and a semicolon, and half a dozen misplaced commas? Perhaps there wasn't one.

Worth the read in spite of the poor translation and much enhanced by also reading the history of the period. Striking foreshadowing. ( )
  Notmel | Jul 24, 2019 |
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Malraux, Andréprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chevalier, Haakon M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Du Perron, E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Høst, ElseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Høst, GunnarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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

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Man's Fate is Malraux's most celebrated novel. It describes the 1927 Communist uprising in Shanghai, and encompasses one of the author's favorite themes: that all men will attempt to escape, or to transcend, the human condition.
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