ABSTRACT. The mainstay of the paper is formed by an analysis of Malraux’s tragic humanism, his fictional expression, his image patterns, his construal of the character of destiny, and the ethico-metaphysical rhetoric bolstering his novelistic works. The findings of this study have implications for Malraux’s narrative style, his deep-rooted endeavor to disprove man’s ephemerality, his constant pursuit of an aspect of transcendence in human life, his persistent concern for the revitalization of creative expression, and his dedication to the accomplishment of the figment of immediacy.

Keywords: tragic humanism; destiny; transcendence; transience; immediacy

How to cite: Petcu, Carmen (2017). “Metaphysical Despair and Tragic Humanism in Malraux,” Analysis and Metaphysics 16: 103–109.

Received 14 February 2017 • Received in revised form 14 April 2017
Accepted 16 April 2017 • Available online 10 May 2017


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