Synopses & Reviews
"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 extremes touchent', a predisposition that was to characterise 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.
Gides long life was spent in revolt against social, political and moral conventions. This is a memorable account of his childhood, friendships and travels, and sexual awakening -- the early influences and pressures that made him into one of the most influential of modern French writers.
A record of Gide's childhood and early manhood, up until his engagement to his cousin. Trying to express a passionate love of truth at the same time this work aims to be a memorable account by itself of childhood, of friendships and travels, and of sexual awakening.
About the Author
André Gide was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.