Aimed to coincide with the centenary of Malraux’s birth, André Malraux: An Age of Oppression is the first translation/annotated edition of Le Temps de mépris in a comprehensive format. The story (with the emphasis upon the psychological trauma suffered by a German political prisoner of the Nazis in the early 1930s) marks a significant moment in Malraux’s literary oeuvre, and a prophetic insight into the historical implications of the situation prevailing in pre-World War II Nazi Germany. Features include the ‘Introduction’ (and accompanying ‘Translator’s Note’), designed to situate the nouvelle in its literary and historical context, and to expound upon the psychological import of its semantic content and linguistic technique. The addition of a ‘Notes to the Text’ reference section (also ‘Biographical Summary’ and ‘Select Bibliography’) is intended to enhance the book’s usefulness and interest for a wide readership including modern-languages undergraduates and non-francophone readers.
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