Talk:André Malraux

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What about "he crossed Africa to Madagascar he led a travelling theatrical troupe?[edit]

I saw a reference to this in connection with Ariane Audoouin-Dubreuil —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Johnbibby (talkcontribs) 20:25, 5 April 2007 (UTC).

Is the group shot equivalent?[edit]

We may have a copyright problem with the main portait used on this page. This topic came up in Talk:Tourette syndrome #Malraux image, of all places. Here are two images:

Portrait of younger Malraux: lower-resolution with a fair-use defense

Long group shot of an older Malraux, with no copyright issues (it's public domain)

The question is whether the use of the portrait on André Malraux conforms to WP:NFCC#1, which states "Non-free content is used only where no free equivalent is available.… (As a quick test, ask yourself: 'Can this image be replaced by a different one that has the same effect, or adequately conveyed by text without using a picture at all?' If the answer is yes, the image probably does not meet this criterion.)"

I think the portrait passes this test, as the group shot does not at all have the same effect: it doesn't illustrate Malraux the author when he was doing his most-famous literary work, but rather Malraux the political/cultural eminence in his later years. This is a judgment call that needs to be addressed or otherwise we won't be able to use the image. Any opinion here from Malraux experts (I'm not one) would be helpful.

Evidently a unique person and a great intellect of any time. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:13, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

Eubulides (talk) 18:09, 1 March 2008 (UTC)


A great intellect surely. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:24, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

Does anyone have a source for the quotation "What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets." I'm pretty sure this is vandalism, as it appears in a video game as a result of a poor translation.

But I also may just be ignorant, please correct me if I'm wrong. (talk) 18:25, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

It's a slight corruption of a quote that was in the psychiatric community before Malraux began writing, he merely responded to it. I added that information and an article from 1955 (long before the video game) that clarifies it. (talk) 20:19, 5 November 2008 (UTC) S.V.

The quote comes from Malraux's sixth novel Les Noyers de l'Altenburg (The Walnut Tress of Altenburg) first published in Switzerland in 1943. One of the characters in the novel makes the statement in the course of a conversation. It is often, mistakenly, quoted as Malraux's own comment, and as if it represented an accurate summation of his own views. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:45, 14 September 2013 (UTC)


i'm gonna call this C, one source, needs more sources. Pohick2 (talk) 17:29, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

ok, i've added refs from Cate, but more could be done from the bios. Pohick2 (talk) 04:18, 22 February 2010 (UTC)

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I have Gale's Encyclopedia of Philosophy stating Georges-André Malraux and Britannica with André-Georges Malraux. Any possible resolution to this confusion? Dracontes (talk) 19:32, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Unsourced apologetics[edit]

From the Spanish Civil War section (emphasis mine):

Fellow combatants praised Malraux's leadership and sense of camaraderie,[1] although Antony Beevor says he was criticized by the representative of the Comintern who described him as an "adventurer" for his high profile and demands on the Spanish Republican government. (This criticism is not surprising, however, since the Comintern regularly criticized anyone who did not toe the party line, and despite his support for the Republicans, Malraux was never a member of the Communist Party.)[2] Antony Beevor also claims that "Malraux stands out, not just because he was a mythomaniac in his claims of martial heroism – in Spain and later in the French Resistance – but because he cynically exploited the opportunity for intellectual heroism in the legend of the Spanish Republic."[2] These statements are, however, very questionable since Malraux nowhere makes "claims of martial heroism". In fact, he rarely wrote about his own military experience and when he did (e.g. in his Antimemoirs) placed very little emphasis on his own role.

Both the highlighted passages are problematic. The citation to Beevor for the first one is a (presumably unintentional) misrepresentation of the source, as Beevor's The Battle for Spain supports the information in the preceding sentence ("Beevor says he was criticized ...") but not this one. Therefore both passages are unsourced, making them original research and synthesis, and their only purpose is to get the reader to dismiss the assessment of a respected historian in a respected book. Just as the negative criticism of Malraux needs to be sourced (just like the praise from Derek Allan earlier in the first sentence), so too do any apologetics in response to it. Therefore I'm removing both sentences but would welcome their reinstatement if they were properly sourced. Binabik80 (talk) 20:51, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

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  1. ^ Derek Allan, Art and the Human Adventure, André Malraux's Theory of Art (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009). pp. 25–27.
  2. ^ a b Beevor, p. 140