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Joseph Frank

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239252

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239252.001.0001

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Andre Malraux: A Hero of His Time

Andre Malraux: A Hero of His Time

(p.45) 4. Andre Malraux: A Hero of His Time
Responses to Modernity

Joseph Frank

Fordham University Press

André Malraux was a brilliant and exciting writer whose novels not only dramatized the crucial socio-economic conflicts of the time, but also endowed them with tragic, Dostoevskian dimensions. In addition, he was an active participant in the wars and revolutions that he so unforgettably evoked, and was one of the leaders of French and worldwide opinion in the fight against fascism which took place in the 1930s after Adolf Hitler's rise to power. Malraux also organized a squadron of planes to fight against Franco in the Spanish Civil War, and then volunteered for service in the French Army at the outbreak of World War II. Taken prisoner, he escaped and openly joined the French Resistance in 1944 as the German occupation of France was coming to a close. An important event in Malraux's life was his meeting with Clara Goldschmidt, the daughter of a well-to-do German-Jewish family. Malraux spent two years in Indochina, during which he was plunged heart and soul into the social unrest beginning to transform that part of the world.

Keywords:   André Malraux, novels, France, fascism, French Army, French Resistance, World War II, Clara Goldschmidt, Indochina

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