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Prometheus Illbound
by André Gide

(French title: Le Promethée mal enchaîne)

The book "Prometheus Illbound" is one of the most characteristic books of André Gide: a work of pure intellectual fantasy, where the subtle brain of the author has full play. It is the expression of the humorous side of a mind which must be ranked among the greatest of the world's literature.

"The work of art is the exaggeration of an idea," says Gide in the epilogue of "Prometheus Illbound". This is really the explanation of the whole book and of many other books of Gide.

André Gide (1869 - 1951) was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947. Gide's career spanned from the symbolist movement to the advent of anticolonialism in between the two World Wars. Gide's work can be seen as an investigation of freedom and empowerment in the face of moralistic and puritan constraints, and gravitates around his continuous effort to achieve intellectual honesty. His self-exploratory texts reflect his search of how to be fully oneself, without at the same time betraying one's values...
His other works include: "Les Caves du Vatican" ("Lafcadio's Adventures"), "Les Nourritures Terrestres" ("Fruits of the Earth"), "La Porte Etroite" ("Strait is the Gate"), "L'Immoraliste" ("The Immoralist") and many others.

"For Gide was very different from the picture most people had of him. He was the very reverse of an aesthete, and, as a writer, had nothing in common with the doctrine of art for art's sake. He was a man deeply involved in a specific struggle, a specific fight, who never wrote a line which he did not think was of service to the cause he had at heart."

François Mauriac


ISBN: 9781595690807

Language: English

Subjects: Fiction (France, Romance, Love, Religion, Protestantism)

Pages: 124

List price: $13.85 (Discounts at, our bookstore and most other online stores)

Book Type: 5.5 x 8.5 in, Perfect Bound - Paperback


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