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Malraux : a life

Author: Olivier Todd
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"Writer, publisher, war hero, French government minister, Andre Malraux was renowned as a Renaissance man of the twentieth century. Now, Olivier Todd gives us this life, in which fact competes dramatically with his subject's previously little-known mythomania."
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Todd, Olivier.
Malraux.
New York : Knopf 2005
(OCoLC)645981004
Named Person: André Malraux; André Malraux; André Malraux
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Olivier Todd
ISBN: 0375407022 9780375407024
OCLC Number: 54479194
Description: xiii, 541 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Heroes and confectioners --
Adolescence of a leader --
The strange foreigner --
False thieves? --
A true revolutionary? --
A farewell to arms --
Exotic Parisian --
Asiatic paths --
Commercial traveler --
1933 --
The Queen of Sheba --
Trotskyist tropism --
Soviet comrades --
Time to choose --
From Eisenstein to L'Humanité --
Stalinist temptation --
Agitprop --
What hope? --
Sierra de Teruel --
The phony war --
The war of the phonies --
Malrauxs in the resistance --
The Alsace-Lorraine cross --
History, legend, novel --
Civilian life --
The militant companion --
Family life --
Power --
Jackie and La Gioconda --
Crises --
Mao, memoirs, antimémoires --
Temptation of the east --
The orator --
Clouds in May --
Literature still --
Brilliant pictures --
The arts and art --
Pot-au-feu and caviar --
Scars.
Other Titles: André Malraux.
Responsibility: Olivier Todd ; translated by Joseph West.
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Abstract:

"Writer, publisher, war hero, French government minister, Andre Malraux was renowned as a Renaissance man of the twentieth century. Now, Olivier Todd gives us this life, in which fact competes dramatically with his subject's previously little-known mythomania."

"We see the adventurous young Malraux move from 1920s literary Paris to colonial Cambodia, Cochin China, and Spain in its civil war. Todd charts the thrilling exploits that would inspire such novels as Man's Fate, but, just as fascinating, he also traces Malraux's lifelong pattern of lies: claiming friendship with Mao, he was called to tutor Nixon, despite having met the Great Helmsman only once; a minor injury becomes in recollections a near-mortal battlefield wound; stories of heroism in the French Resistance omit to mention that Malraux joined just a few weeks before the Allied landings."

"Todd separates myth from reality to throw light on a brilliant con man who would become a national hero, but he also lets us see Malraux's genuine achievements as both writer and man of action. His real life and the one he embroidered come together in this biography to reveal how Malraux, the protean genius, became his own greatest character."--Jacket.

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