If it Die (Twentieth Century Classics)

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This is the major autobiographical statement from Nobel laureate André Gide. In the events and musings recorded here we find the seeds of those themes that obsessed him throughout his career and imbued his classic novels The Immoralist and The Counterfeiters .

Gide led a life of uncompromising self-scrutiny, and his literary works resembled moments of that life. With If It Die, Gide determined to relay without sentiment or embellishment the circumstances of his childhood and the birth of his philosophic wanderings, and in doing so to bring it all to light. Gide’s unapologetic account of his awakening homosexual desire and his portrait of Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas as they indulged in debauchery in North Africa are thrilling in their frankness and alone make If It Die an essential companion to the work of a twentieth-century literary master.

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If It Die is a record of Gide's childhood and early manhood, up until his engagement to his cousin. Written twenty years afterwards, it is a deliberately uninhibited and revealing exercise as well as a masterpiece of French prose, thus fulfilling the two criteria Gide set himself - to satisfy the demands of truth without neglecting the claims of art. It was said that in Gide 'les extr-mes touchent', a predisposition that was to characterize all his work, and these antitheses are clearly acknowledged and used in his narrative in order to add extra layers of resonance and meaning. At the same time If It Die is a delightful and memorable account by itself of childhood, of friendships and travels, and of sexual awakening. (2002-02-20)

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In the Nobel Prize citation Andr- Gide's work was praised as 'a form of the passionate love of truth that, since Montaigne and Rousseau, has become a necessity in French literature'. A search for truth that was also apparent in Gide's long life, which he spent in revolt against social, political and moral conventions. (2002-02-20)

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