By Roberta Newnham
Aimed to coincide with the centenary of Malraux's delivery, André Malraux: An Age of Oppression is the 1st translation/annotated variation of Le Temps de mépris in a accomplished structure. the tale (with the emphasis upon the mental trauma suffered by means of a German political prisoner of the Nazis within the early Thirties) marks an important second in Malraux's literary oeuvre, and a prophetic perception into the historic implications of the location winning in pre-World struggle II Nazi Germany.
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The incoming battalion of soldiers from another region, who have been sent as reinforcements up to the stricken partisan army’s lines and who are unfamiliar with the area, takes cover in a wood, armed with a single machine-gun. The fortress has dungeons inside it and inside one of these there’s a prisoner. He’s going to escape. He’s in a corridor; behind a frosted-glass window there’s a flower, it’s barely visible, but there are two splodges of colour, one red, one green, it’s all in colour, colour!
If I can do ten rounds of the cell before the second guard comes along — (they followed each other in succession at fairly regular intervals) — she might still be alive after all,” he mumbled aloud. He started pacing round. Two. Three. He bumped into the wall which he had thought was further away. Four. “I shouldn’t be going so fast. ” He was acutely aware that he was limping as he tore around. Six. The guard’s footsteps rang out again. Seven. Eight. This time he shot around, making such a tight turn he almost tripped up.
Her wavy hair was all over the place, her eyelids half-closed over her enormous, pale-blue eyes, eyes like a Siamese cat’s, and her mask-like expression now relieved of pain and devoid of joy — its former vivaciousness utterly drained away. Even if he ever succeeded in getting away from here, once he got out he would return to a world which would be forever cut off from the old one; he would bear the scars of that lonely death for the rest of his life. This alone was enough to make him realise what a powerful effect the darkness was having on him, tying his mind up in knots, and how powerful was the enemy which had succeeded in cutting him off like this from the solid reality of the real world, just like the insane or the dead.
Andre Malraux: An Age of Oppression by Roberta Newnham