By Roberta Newnham

Aimed to coincide with the centenary of Malraux's beginning, André Malraux: An Age of Oppression is the 1st translation/annotated variation of Le Temps de mépris in a finished layout. the tale (with the emphasis upon the mental trauma suffered through a German political prisoner of the Nazis within the early Thirties) marks an important second in Malraux's literary oeuvre, and a prophetic perception into the ancient implications of the location winning in pre-World struggle II Nazi Germany.

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Oh, for a purple-tinged slice of roast meat, beads of water condensing on the sides of some cool, misted carafes of water, chilled aniseed and peppermint cordials in the evenings, drunk in the shade of trees! How many times had he been given something to eat since he’d been in here? Hunger was making him feel as dazed and feverish as one gets during a nasty bout of flu, but only every now and then. André Malraux . ” It occurred to him that unravelling the rope would whittle down his nails; suicide had come back in person looking for him like a lost object, it seemed.

His stubborn will-power would be entombed in there with him, keeping a vigil alongside him like a dim, watchful face hanging, disembodied, out there in the depths of the shadows. Otherwise, he really would go insane. CHAPTER II How many days had it been? It was pitch dark, apart from the occasional crack of light showing between the door and the door-jamb, and the patrols doing their rounds. How many days had he been there, alone, growing madder by the minute and croaking away feebly like a toad?

He hadn’t gone deaf: he could hear himself knocking and walking round, and he could still hear the confused rumble of all the goings-on in the prison above the persistent drone of the religious chanting going on in his head. The guards had opened a nearby door. Had they just caught the man who had been knocking on the wall or had they simply happened to order him outside his cell? His hopes faded, just as the music had done earlier, plunging him once more into a numbed daze. Yet he still managed to keep straining his ears just in case the knocking would start again.

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