The Counterfeiters by André Gide

The Counterfeiters is a 1925 novel by French author André Gide, first published in Nouvelle Revue Française. With many characters and crisscrossing plotlines, its main theme is that of the original and the copy, and what differentiates them – both in the external plot of the counterfeit gold coins and in the portrayal of the characters' feelings and their relationships. The Counterfeiters is a novel-within-a-novel, with Edouard (the alter ego of Gide) intending to write a book of the same title. Other stylistic devices are also used, such as an omniscient narrator that sometimes addresses the reader directly, weighs in on the characters' motivations or discusses alternate realities. Therefore, the book has been seen as a precursor of the nouveau roman. The novel features a considerable number of bisexual or gay male characters – the adolescent Olivier and at least to a certain unacknowledged degree his friend Bernard, in all likeliness their schoolfellows Gontran and Philippe, and finally the adult writers Comte de Passavant (who represents an evil and corrupting force) and the benevolent Edouard. An important part of the plot is its depiction of various possibilities of positive and negative homoerotic or homosexual relationships. Initially received coldly on its appearance, perhaps because of its homosexual themes and its unusual composition, The Counterfeiters has gained reputation in the intervening years and is now generally counted among the Western Canon of literature.

The 291st greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 30th on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (Le Monde)
  2. - 58th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  3. - 59th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  4. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  5. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)
  6. - Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) (Tidningen Boken)
  7. - The 100 Best Books in the World (AbeBooks.de (in German))

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Counterfeiters: With Journal of the Counterfeiters (Modern Library, .327.1) (English and French Edition) Hardcover 2938521 $97.62 $2.09 1951
The Counterfeiters: A Novel Paperback 665554 $9.86 $1.60 1973
The counterfeiters Hardcover 10042180 $1.27
The counterfeiters: With Journal of The counterfeiters (The Modern library of the world's best books, 327.1) Hardcover 8849346 $5.00 1962
The Counterfeiters Hardcover 8192511 $19.00
Counterfeiters With Journals Hardcover 8744262 $25.20
The counterfeiters: With Journal of "The counterfeiters" Hardcover 3310266 $1.99
The Counterfeiters with Journal of " The Countereiters" Hardcover 5506107 $4.55
The Counterfeiters - Les Faux-Monnayeurs (Originally Published in French as) Hardcover 2463311 $10.95
The Counterfeiters (Modern Classics) Paperback 9552845 $0.01
The Counterfeiters: A Novel (Vintage) Kindle Edition 294738 $7.99 2012
The Counterfeiters (Les faux-monnayeurs) (The Modern library of the world's best books) Hardcover 8342839 $0.38
By Andre Gide The Counterfeiters: A Novel (First Edition) Paperback 995021 $17.87 $13.55 1973
The Counterfeiters Hardcover 10995667 $17.99 1992
Counterfeiters (Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback 1105860 $11.83 $1.94 1990
COUNTERFEITERS Hardcover 5915125 $79.32 $6.97 1951