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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,089 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Outre l'irréductible échéance liée à la mort, outre les multiples et indicibles souffrances, n'est-il pas donné à tous de choisir son destin ? Certes la vie est tragique mais elle doit avoir un sens. Un sens, peut-être des sens, mais seuls quelques-uns aux vertus salvatrices s'offrent aux hommes pour les affranchir de leur condition. La Révolution, au nom d'une foi en la f ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 411 pages
Published June 21st 1996 by Gallimard (first published 1933)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Why would I give five stars to a book I did not enjoy, did not like, felt nothing special about and came very close to not finishing it? Because late in my life I had come to realize this: a translation can create and it can destroy. That the act of translating a literary work is not a neutral and mechanical act but a truly creative one. A bad translation can mangle a work beyond recognition; a good translation--as GR's Cynthia Nine attests vis-a-vis Coelho's regurgitations--is capable of turnin ...more
A brilliant brilliant book that spoke to me of commitment, fidelity and belief, and the bond that are forged in shared struggles. These aspects are greatly magnified by placing the key characters on the losing side, thus hi-lighting the ever present moments in which choices have to be made, and responsibility taken once those decisions are enacted upon. This is all achieved without recourse to romantic, or heroic cliches, indeed there is a real warmth the emerges from the strong relations throug ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
قدیمی‌ترین افسانه‌ی چینی: «مردمان کرم‌های زمین هستند.» (ص ۲۱۵) و آیا زندگی انسان‌ها از زندگی کرم‌ها ارزش و اعتبار بیشتری دارد؟ انسان‌هایی که در آن روزگار بودند، امروز کجایند؟ کرم‌های آن روزگار چه به سرشان آ‌مده؟ فرقی می‌کند مگر؟ نه، فرقی نمی‌کند؛ هر دو نابود شده‌اند
The novel concerns the communist upraising in Shanghai in 1927. The book works on several different levels. On one level it is an action novel featuring the siege, by communist and European insurgents, of a police station in Shanghai, political assassinations, and an arms hijacking. On a larger, more political level, it chronicles the machinations of Russia, the Kuomintang, European industrialists and bankers, and finally the nascent Communist party of China as they decide the fate of the insurg ...more
The book that made Malraux famous. A story of revolution, and the endurance of humanity in the most despairing and inhumane conditions. The kind of story that's needed, now more than ever.

There's a good book in here somewhere. Some of the scenes are incredibly vivid, but much is lost in translation. The prose is clunky, and some explosive scenes are ruined by bad phrasing.

Very frustrating - this is the sort of thing that makes me want to learn French. Ah well.

Recommended for die-hard revolutiona
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Am terminat de citit Conditia umana a lui Malraux (vezi aici coperta). :D Trebuie sa recunosc ca lectura mi s-a parut greoaie in prima parte… dar lucrurile s-au fluidizat pe parcurs, totul terminandu-se in ton cu seninatatea lui Gisors. Am avut sentimentul ca ceea ce scrie autorul nu este deajuns pentru a intelege suficient contextul socio-economic si politic in care se desfasoara actiunea, dar imi parea ca eram provocat la a face invest
Translated by Haakon M. Chevalier. I found this bleak analysis of the twentieth-century human condition, set during the Chinese Revolution, to be intermittently brilliant and boring. The philosophical musings on, well, man's fate --- human will as the prime mover, dismissal of all else --- were fascinating, but the book dragged at times, bogged down by somewhat stilted dialogue. On the other hand, the dramatic style was skilled: the dark tone of the text, with its descriptions of shadows and lig ...more
Goncourt Prix in 1933 (La condition humaine). Malraux's incurssion into the human's nature, his reflections on our destiny and our race's meaning is what (in my mind) constitutes the main value of this book.

The novel is much more than just a history of the Communist crashing at the hands of Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang in 1927 Shanghai. Aside from capturing this historical moment which marked the split between the two political partners and the start of the Chinese Civil War, Man's Fate gave me
J'ai abandonné vers la page 120 sur presque 300. Pas inintéressant mais définitivement pas pour moi. Prix Goncourt 1933 mais sans doute à cause de l'actualité du thème traité (émeutes et soulèvements communistes en Chine) plus que de la qualité littéraire. Assez aride, beaucoup de détails sur l'organisation des soulèvements : plongée au coeur des groupuscules révolutionnaires. Il y a quelques beaux passages (questionnements de Tchen, réflexions sur l'absurdité des actions, de la vie humaine), ma ...more
Fernando Évora
Este é um daqueles livros que devemos ler na vida. Um dos imprescindíveis.
A trama tem lugar em Xangai, ano de 1937, em que comunistas e as tropas de Chiang-Kai-Shek lutam pela poder. Porém não se trata de um livro que narre estes acontecimentos. Sim, também o faz, mas essa não é a intenção de Malraux. A sua intenção é mostrar-nos os homens, as suas escolhas e as suas hesitações. É questionar o que é a dignidade humana (e, claro, a condição humana). Fá-lo de forma despretensiosa, mostrando os ho
What can I say? Translated to Dutch by the author's friend Edgar Du Perron. Written in 1933. These are facts.

This is, without doubt, the richest, most dense literature I have ever read. Every word seems to have meaning. Every sentence insists itself on the paper and is in a constant struggle with it's brethren to be the most beautiful and most meaningful one. Reading Malraux is not something you do for leisure. Ask Camus and Sartre (or Du Perron and Ter Braak). This is for those who want to grab
Rich Kelley
I remember loving this book when I read it in my twenties. I seemed then a terrifically romantic and dramatic rendering of what it means to part of a revolutionary movement. The opening chapter remains a knockout, but I'm afraid it otherwise hasn't held up that well. Malraux overwrites so many passages and seems to infects his characters with an existentialist dread. He tells rather than shows what they're feeling so that little of what the characters experience seems earned. I read this after r ...more
Niye çalıştığını bilmeden günde on iki saat çalışan bir insan için, ne saygınlık, ne de gerçek bir yaşam mümkün değildir..

Bir azınlığın içinde sersemler çoğunluktadır..
Bir insanın en derinlerinde yatanla, onu hemen harekete geçirebileceğiniz şey aynı değildir...

İnsanın kıskançlığının kaynağı acaba sadece ötekinin neler varsaydığı hakkındaki varsayımlar mıdır?
Bien que ce livre soit très court , il ne m'a interessé que par interstices extremement courts, et j'ai détésté la prétention de son auteur, ça n'est pas dur à lire, mais je ne vois vraiment pas son interret! Et pourtant c'est rare que je ne trouve pas de plaisir dans un classique, je crois que comme on dit en anglais "it's overrated!"
Ok, I read this book twice! Once in high school and once last year. It is a masterpiece of French literature, admittedly!
I did not like it the first time I read it, so I decided I would read it again, now that I am mature. I thought I would now have the wherewithal to "get it". Nah-ah!
Pedro Freitas
Como conhecer uma revolução por dentro, a mente de quem a organiza, mas também os seus desejos, anseios e esperanças. Dando-nos um retrato sobre a revolução comunista de xangai, malraux dá-nos uma visão sangrenta de uma massa de idealistas, unidos a uns quantos operários e camponeses que marcham sobre o domínio de uma china dominada por velhos poderes coloniais. Mas o autor deixa-nos sobretudo entender que uma revolução está muito para além de idealismos, de sonhos ou de princípios, é acima de t ...more
Wesley Blixt
This was my introduction to the notion of the "engaged man," and it was central (at the age of 22) to my developing sense of commitment to a revolution that now continues to recede from me. There was a sense, at the time, that our revolution would not ONLY foster social justice, but would usher in the age of a new humanity, and a new human. Communist Man would be unlike any other man. I comment now only because I have added to my list of 100 Best -- a stupid enterprise, I know, but kinda enterta ...more
Malraux uses documentary/cinematic style; Dostoevsky styled brooding, and proto-existentialism to present a detached take on a moment in the Chinese Civil war.
p.s. How can you trust the translation of a book obviously titled the Human Condition where it is titled in translation as Man's Fate?
This started out quite promising, the thoughts of a man about to kill someone, I was intreaged to see if he would go ahead or not. But after that the story lost it for me, I could not connect with the characters and found my mind drifting constantly. Just not my sort of book I'm afraid.
Marci Miller
I can't finish this book. I have read forty pages but I am struggling. The story seems very good, but the translation (in Spanish) I am reading seems appalling. I am giving 5 star to give the benefit of the doubt to Mr Malraux and not put other people off that are reading it in other languages.
The interesting part is that I have done some googling and a lot of people seems to think exactly like me-the translation into Spanish is just too poor and makes the book unreadable. What's even more inter
As tedious as it gets. I felt almost no concern for the characters. If their fate was in jeopardy that was their problem.
Omar Ali
I read it as a teenager and was totally enthralled. I wonder what it would be like to re-read it now? of these days.
Czarny Pies
Nov 13, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has never done an undergraduate degree in French lit.
Recommended to Czarny by: La professeure Vercollier
Shelves: french-lit, favorites
La condition humaine is a great existentialist novel written by the extremely flamboyant Andre Malraux who did and saw a great deal in his adventuresome life. In 1923, he was caught with art treasures stolen from Angkor Wat in Cambodia. After eight months in prison, he moved on to China where he worked with the Kuomintang. Later he would organize and command an air division on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. He served as a soldier in the French Army that was defeated by the Germans ...more
Ray Jackson
A story about the existentialism mixed men's political idealogies and romantic relationships - (often through subjectivity and a lack of an actual romance.) The book bounces and staggers between chapters where characters struggle with identity during social unrest to chapters that seem dry and only describe a character's action - no description of thought, setting, etc.)
It takes place in China with a few of the main characters organizing minor acts of terrorism and demonstrations in hopes of bur
Darran Mclaughlin
An intense thriller about the Chinese revolution by Albert Camus' favourite writer. Malraux had a self promoted image as a renaissance man of action which was later found to be wildly exagerated. He implied that this closely observed, gritty novel was written from the perspective of his close personal involvment in the revolution, and actually exagerated his involvement when he met Chairman Mao personally. This meeting lead him to be invited to advise Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon before the ...more
A gripping novel set just before, during, and after the 1927 Shanghai insurrection, this book offers an inside look at the lives of Communists in Shanghai. At points the dialogue between the characters could be difficult to follow, as sometimes the characters spoke asides to themselves, and it became easy to lose track of who said what in some of the more rapid-fire back-and-forth. That said, the dialogue was the highlight of the work, being incisive, witty, or poignant in various parts. Perhaps ...more
Karlo Mikhail
I read Andre Malraux’s Man’s Fate, one of those novels I’ve really wanted to read for the longest time, some time ago. It’s supposed to be one of the best fictional accounts of the Chinese revolution, the blurbs read, with a focus on the failed Shanghai Insurrection of 1927, which was brutally crushed by Chiang Kai-shek’s troops. But now I feel shortchanged. For some reason, I felt that the novel was a bit overrated.

Yes, there were not a few highlights, particularly in the first part leading to
Elena Tudor
Besides the insightful manner (which is not so surprising once you learn about his experience) in which the author succeeds to describe the ”rebellion” that took place at the time in China, what is most striking – and somewhat expected because of the title of the book – is the description of human beings. It is somewhat simple, yet very comprehensive; the author succeeds in answering us to every question… It might seem as an exaggeration, yet Malraux succeeds in joggling between characters like ...more
Charles Puskas
The story is set in the Shanghai insurrection during the Chinese revolutionary wars of the mid-1920s, the communist Kuomintang (with some Russian support) vs. Chiang Kai-Shek who has the support of the western powers. The revolutionaries make some successful raids and assaults but are overwhelmed by Chiang Kai-Shek's forces in the end. Colorful characters populate the narrative. Kyo Gisors, of French-Japanese descent is a young idealogue fighting for the dignity of worker rights. His wife, May, ...more
It was a bit dry...Here is typical "dialog" from one of the only women characters: "It's very difficult: if the Women's Union grants divorce to mistreated women, the husbands will leave the revolutionary Union; and if we don't grant it to them, they will lose all confidence in us. I don't blame them..." On the bright side, how often do you get characters that talk about the Women's Union? And I did enjoy, if that is the right word, the descriptions of the characters that were about to be torture ...more
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Malraux was born in Paris during 1901, the son of Fernand-Georges Malraux and Berthe Lamy (Malraux). His parents separated during 1905 and eventually divorced. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother, Berthe and Adrienne Lamy in the small town of Bondy. His father, a stockbroker, committed suicide in 1930. Andre had Tourette's Syndrome during his childhood, resulting in motor and voca ...more
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“...For that matter, men are perhaps indifferent to power.... What fascinates them in this idea, you see, is not real power, it's the illusion of being able to do exactly as they please. The king's power is the power to govern, isn't it? But man has no urge to govern--he has an urge to compel, as you said. To be more than a man, in a world of men. To escape man's fate, I was saying. Not powerful--all-powerful. The visionary disease, of which the will to power is only the intellectual justification, is the will to god-head--every man dreams of being god.” 6 likes
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