André Gide

André Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947. His work is known for its exploration of morality, human freedom, and the complexities of the human condition.

Books

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  1. 1. The Counterfeiters

    "The Counterfeiters" is a complex novel that explores themes of authenticity, morality, and identity, primarily through the lens of a group of friends in Paris. The story revolves around a series of counterfeit coins, which serve as a metaphor for the characters' struggles with their own authenticity and self-perception. The narrative also delves into the lives of the characters, their relationships, personal struggles, and their journey towards self-discovery. The book is noted for its non-linear structure and metafictional elements, with the author himself being a character in the story.

    The 246th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Immoralist

    "The Immoralist" is a novel that explores the journey of a man who, after a near-death experience, indulges in hedonistic and selfish behavior, rejecting societal norms and moral constraints. The protagonist, a scholar, embarks on a journey of self-discovery and self-indulgence after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. His pursuit of physical and sensual experiences leads him to abandon his wife and career, leading to a life of isolation and self-destruction. The book delves into themes of morality, freedom, and the human condition.

    The 544th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Strait is the Gate

    "Strait is the Gate" is a tragic tale of unrequited love set in the late 19th century. The story revolves around a young man who falls deeply in love with his cousin. However, his love is not reciprocated as she chooses a life devoted to God over their relationship. The book explores themes of love, faith, sacrifice, and the conflict between earthly desires and spiritual aspirations.

    The 1386th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Fruits of the Earth

    "The Fruits of the Earth" is a philosophical novel that follows the journey of a young man who abandons his home and travels around the world in search of pleasure and personal freedom. The protagonist's hedonistic pursuit of happiness and self-discovery leads him to various exotic locations where he indulges in sensual experiences and intellectual pursuits. The novel explores themes of existentialism, individualism, and the pursuit of personal desires, challenging conventional morality and societal norms.

    The 1595th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Journals: 1889-1913

    "Journals: 1889-1913" is a compilation of personal entries by a prominent French author, written over a span of 24 years. The journals offer a deep insight into the author's thoughts, emotions, and experiences, providing a unique window into his personal life and his creative process. The entries also reflect on the social, political, and cultural events of the time, making the journals not only a personal memoir but also a historical document of late 19th and early 20th century France.

    The 1831st Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Vatican Cellars

    The novel unfolds as a satirical adventure, delving into the complexities of faith, deception, and the human quest for meaning. Set against the backdrop of early 20th-century Europe, it follows the journey of Lafcadio, a young man whose paths cross with an eclectic mix of characters, including anarchists, aristocrats, and religious figures, each embroiled in their own pursuits of ideology, power, and salvation. Central to the plot is a meticulously planned hoax involving the Pope, which spirals into a series of events that challenge the characters' beliefs and intentions. Through its intricate narrative and sharp critique of societal norms, the book explores themes of morality, authenticity, and the absurdity of human endeavors.

    The 3504th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Travels In The Congo

    "Travels in the Congo" is a travelogue that recounts the author's journey through the French Congo in the early 20th century. The narrative provides a detailed account of the landscapes, people, and colonial practices encountered during the expedition. The author critically examines the impact of French colonialism on the indigenous populations, highlighting the exploitation and injustices faced by the native people. Through vivid descriptions and reflective insights, the book not only serves as a record of a personal adventure but also as a commentary on the broader political and social issues of the time.

    The 4547th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Corydon

    "Corydon" is a series of dialogues that delve into the nature of homosexuality and its place in society. The work, structured as a classical philosophical discourse, presents a series of arguments that challenge the prevailing attitudes of the early 20th century, advocating for a more enlightened view of homosexuality. Through the conversations between the eponymous protagonist and his interlocutors, the text explores various aspects of love, art, and biology, ultimately making a case for the naturalness and moral neutrality of same-sex attraction, and calling for a greater acceptance of what was then considered a taboo subject.

    The 6213th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. Lafcadio's Adventure

    The book is a philosophical tale that follows the journey of a young, innocent man who is thrust into a world of temptation and moral ambiguity. As he travels, he encounters various characters and experiences that challenge his understanding of virtue, vice, and the complexities of human nature. The protagonist's adventure becomes a metaphor for the quest for self-knowledge and the struggle to reconcile the purity of one's inner self with the often-corrupting influences of society and personal desire. Through his experiences, the book explores themes of innocence, experience, and the search for authenticity in a world that often rewards artifice and compromise.

    The 6213th Greatest Book of All Time