The work of purifying the soul

  Since its birth, “John Christopher” has strongly impacted and shocked the world literary world with its incomparable unique charm and irresistible radiance, leaving an indelible imprint on the history of human civilization!
  The main background of this masterpiece is the twenty or thirty years before the First World War. By describing the life of the German musician Johann Christophe, the author shows the spiritual exploration of a generation of intellectuals at the turn of the century and the living conditions of the European people. and the social picture of the time. And the most important theme is how to let people face hardships and learn to live.
  Christopher was born into a poor musician’s family in a small town on the banks of the Rhine in Germany. He had a carefree childhood, but when his musical talent was discovered, his life changed. Although he was “lucky” to play at the court and was appreciated by the ruler when he was young, on the other hand, he was forced to undergo rigorous training and faced the humiliating status of a slave–in such a situation, his The innate sense of resistance has awakened, and it has grown stronger as the years go by.
  Christophe, who was forced to make a living when he was a teenager, is still frank and straightforward, fearlessly criticizing seniors in authority, despising giants and even exposing the flaws of the German nation. Although they made enemies everywhere, they were persecuted by the government, but they remained firm. Once to rescue a peasant who was bullied by the soldiers, he waved his fist to help, which resulted in a murder and had to flee to France.
  When he first arrived there, Christopher, an idealist, ran into walls everywhere, bruised and bruised by the ugly reality. Soon after, despite the adversity but still tenacious, he finally met the confidant of his life – Olivier Yanan. The wise Olivier allowed Christopher to gradually get to know the real France, and his anxious mind finally found a peaceful place to live. Later, he reunited with his old man, Grazia, and thus found his lifelong soul mate. Although the death of the two of them soon added a touch of sadness to his life, after experiencing countless hardships and hardships, Christopher also experienced the sincere feelings between people because of the sincere feelings between people. Qingshi moved towards maturity in the full sense, and finally detached herself from grief. However, he finished his life on the eve of the chaos of World War I, and the only thing that remains unchanged is that he still maintains the heart of struggle and hope!
  ”John Christopher” is a long novel that took more than 20 years. Romain Rolland began to conceive ideas in 1890. In February 1902, “Half-Month Series” published the first volume of the novel “Dawn”. It was not until 1912 that the tenth and final volume, The New Life, was published. Roland won the French Academician Prize for Literature in 1913 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1915 for this book.
  Indeed, “John Christopher” not only recounts Christopher’s life, but also covers various real problems from an unprecedentedly broad and in-depth perspective, allowing us to witness a magnificent social panorama and feel the encyclopedia. The vastness and epic majesty of the style! As for its type, it has always been difficult to determine. Because this is not only a fictional biography, but also an educational novel, a historical novel, and there are many political factors in it, it is even a novel combining philosophy and religion. But because of its most prominent features, many authorities consider it a musical epic novel. Roland once said: “Four volumes of novels are equivalent to four movements of a symphony”.
  Like the famous tragic heroes of ancient Greece, Christophe has a profound and clear sense of suffering. He said: “The more difficult things are, the better things are, and the extreme pain is almost liberating. The only thing that can’t be saved, the only thing that destroys people’s souls is ordinary pain and ordinary happiness.” We can see, For such a fighter who embraces idealism, unrestrained and perseverance, what he wants is a dream of flying into the sky, or a thousand trials and tribulations in the bottomless abyss, but he cannot be mediocre! Suffering from him is a good thing. Therefore, the humiliating experience of childhood, the hardships of earning a living as a teenager, and the anguish of struggling to realize his dreams but being excluded everywhere in his youth have never overwhelmed him; even after losing Olivier and Grazia, in that huge In the grief, he also had all his thoughts, but he finally survived.
  In addition, Christophe is not surrounded by a group of like-minded people, he is just a lonely warrior. Christophe’s too upright personality and unshakable belief make him always in troubled situations that are not understood by others, and even Olivier can hardly match his exuberant vitality. However, when talking about the original intention of writing this book, Romain Rolland said: “I am alone, … I want to breathe freely, to fight against the unsound civilization and the ideas corrupted by some shoddy elites… For this, I need a hero with a bright heart.” From this, it can be seen that the sacred mission and responsibility that Christopher shoulders are destined to be unbearable for ordinary people; and his loneliness is by no means pitiful and helpless, but It must be stubborn. It contains the self-confidence and detachment of “in today’s world, who will give up on me”. Therefore, this is not so much a test for the strong as it is a fertile soil for nourishing and nurturing his resolute soul and strong character! Only a true genius can taste the full meaning and sweetness of “loneliness”!
  Christophe’s most attractive personality is his never-ending life, which Roland likens poetically to a river that is slow but never stops. The source of the river is Christopher’s own creation and struggle. His sacred and inviolable belief compelled him to create, which was the most essential desire in his heart. He refuses to suppress himself, and always creates music, life, and ideals according to his own nature. Struggle is all the meaning of his existence and his destiny. He embraced life with open arms in the midst of the fire that burned the demons in his heart, and will continue his career of struggle in the future: fighting injustice and oppression, persevering in his thirst for victory, and welcoming the future with optimism and steadfastness. Even when it came to the end of his life, although he was facing a stormy society where the war was coming, he still held on to hope and the will to struggle. Holding the child who symbolized “the day to be born”, he embarked on a difficult road alone… Christopher is just like this, allegorically reaching the end of his life and the years to come. “I’m looking for life, not ease,” he said.
  At the end of the story, Roland wrote: “I wrote the tragedy of a generation. … Young people, it’s your turn! You use our bodies as pedals, and move forward. … I hereby pay tribute to Farewell to my past soul…Life is an endless cycle of birth and death.” Yes, Christophe at this time, like in mythology, sublimated to an unprecedented situation. He downplayed hatred, and took the initiative to extend his hands of reconciliation to the old enemy; he was well-known for treating his younger generation equally, not denying their choice with his own values, and encouraging and helping them to struggle; he was not extreme, and transcended national borders and races Differences extend from individuals to worries and compassion for all human beings, and treat the world with a peaceful and fraternal attitude. So what we see is no longer the reckless and angry youth of the past, nor the old man in his old age, but a benevolent and wise hero who has experienced hardships and vicissitudes of life!
  In the life of John Christopher, such resistance and struggle were intertwined to finally achieve a life of harmony and perfection. From this tragic hero, we can see too many unspeakable shocking miracles. Although he passed away in suffering, we can also complete a profound transformation in our life because of the cleansing and purification brought about by that shaking, and make ourselves further mature and perfect!
  And the life of Romain Rolland and John Christophe have an amazing overlap. Born on January 29, 1866 in a family of lawyers in a small town in central France, Roland was influenced by music and drama since childhood. Later, when he studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and Italy, he also extensively absorbed history, geography and philosophy in addition to art. and other knowledge, accumulated a profound and extensive academic accomplishment. However, Roland was a late bloomer, and he was similar to Christopher before. Although he was not lacking in ideals, passion and even hard work, he was still poor, unknown and suffered a lot. With the huge success of “John Christopher”, Roland finally rose to fame and ushered in the honor that should have belonged to him. Having personally experienced the war-torn era, he has always been an anti-war activist. He published the article “Farewell to the Past” in 1931. Since then, he has officially devoted himself to the cause of human liberation and has become an unswerving activist in the anti-fascist team. On December 30, 1944, Roland finished his life.

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