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The Immoralist

The Immoralist

(1902)
A novel by

 
With today's headlines and talk shows, it takes a lot to shock a reader--certainly more than was required in 1902, when Andre Gide's The Immoralist was first published. What was seen then as a story of dereliction translates today into a tale of introspection and fierce self-discovery. While traveling to Tunis with his new bride, the Parisian scholar Michel is overcome by tuberculosis. As he slowly convalesces, he revels in the physical pleasures of living and resolves to forgo his studies of the past in order to experience the present--to let "the layers of acquired knowledge peel away from the mind like a cosmetic and reveal, in patches, the naked flesh beneath, the authentic being hidden there."

But this is not the Michel his colleagues knew, nor the man Marceline married, and he must hide his new values under the patina of what he now reviles. Bored by Parisian society, he moves to a family farm in Normandy. He is happy there, especially in the company of young Charles, but he must soon return to the city and academe. Michel remains restless until he gives his first lecture and runs into Ménalque, who has long outraged society, and recognizes in him a reflection of his torment. Finally, Michel heads south, deeper into the desert, until, as he confides to his friends, he is lost in the sea of sand, under a clear, directionless sky.

What Gide's story lacks in sensationalism is fulfilled by his descriptive prose, which evokes the exotic nature of Michel's inner and outer journey: "I did not understand the forbearance of this African earth, submerged for days at a time and now awakening from winter, drunk with water, bursting with new juices; it laughed in this springtime frenzy whose echo, whose image I perceived within myself." --Joannie Kervran Stangeland

 
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Hardback Editions

February 1996 : USA Library Binding
Title: Immoralist
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 1-4176-2940-1 / 978-1-4176-2940-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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January 1984 : USA Hardback
Title: Immoralist
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-394-60500-4 / 978-0-394-60500-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Modern Library
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1948 : USA Hardback
Title: The Immoralist
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 1-199-72079-8 / 978-1-199-72079-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

November 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: The Immoralist/L'Immoraliste: A Dual-Language Book
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-486-42695-5 / 978-0-486-42695-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dover Publications
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September 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: Immoralist (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-14-218002-5 / 978-0-14-218002-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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May 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: The Immoralist (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-14-118299-7 / 978-0-14-118299-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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April 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: The Immoralist
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 1-4179-0978-1 / 978-1-4179-0978-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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July 1996 : USA Paperback
Title: The Immoralist (Dover Thrift Editions)
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-486-29237-1 / 978-0-486-29237-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dover Publications
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February 1996 : USA Paperback
Title: The Immoralist
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-679-74191-7 / 978-0-679-74191-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: The Immoralist (Twentieth Century Classics)
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-14-018042-7 / 978-0-14-018042-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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September 1954 : USA Paperback
Title: The Immoralist
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-394-70008-2 / 978-0-394-70008-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 1976 : USA Paperback
Title: The Immoralist
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-553-10441-1 / 978-0-553-10441-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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August 1970 : UK Paperback
Title: The Immoralist (Modern Classics)
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-14-001497-7 / 978-0-14-001497-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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October 1962 : USA Paperback
Title: The Immoralist
Author(s): Andre Gide
ISBN: 0-8222-0555-6 / 978-0-8222-0555-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dramatist's Play Service
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Kindle Editions

November 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Immoralist
Author(s): Andre Gide
Publisher: Lulu.com
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December 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Immoralist (Vintage International)
Author(s): Andre Gide
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Immoralist
Author(s): Andre Gide
Publisher: Walter Ballenberger
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