The Counterfeiters

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André Gide’s The Counterfeiters explores complex moral and philosophical questions about personal freedom, identity, authenticity, moral responsibility, and the pursuit of truth. A novel-within-a-novel, The Counterfeiters is renowned for its innovative narrative technique. Gide employs a fragmented structure, incorporating multiple narrative threads, shifting perspectives, and experimental techniques. 

The story follows the lives of a group of friends—their intellectual pursuits, friendships and romantic relationships, and the conflicts they encounter as they navigate the ever-changing social and political landscape of their time. 

While the novel touches upon weighty philosophical ideas, it also showcases Gide’s exquisite prose, characterized by its elegance, introspection, and psychological depth. The Counterfeiters stands as a seminal work of modernist literature. 

This Warbler Classics edition includes an essay on Gide by literary scholar Germaine Brée and a detailed biographical timeline. 

André Gide (1869–1951) was a celebrated French author and intellectual whose works have left an indelible mark on literature and philosophical discourse. His exploration of themes such as homosexuality and the search for authenticity pushed the boundaries of societal acceptance, further establishing his position as a trailblazer within French modernist literature.

Dorothy Bussy (1865–1960) was an English novelist and translator and the sister of writer and critic Lytton Strachey. A chance meeting of André Gide in 1918 began a long-distance friendship that lasted more than thirty years. She translated all his works into English.

Germaine Brée (1907–2001) was a renowned French-American literary scholar, who wrote extensively on Marcel Proust, André Gide, Albert Camus, and Jean-Paul Sartre.

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.” —from the book

Pages: 261 pages
Book dimensions: 6 x .652 x 9 inches
Published: July 18, 2023
978-1-959891-76-5 (paperback)
978-1-959891-77-2 (ebook)