A book and a symphony – two extremes remembered

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A pastoral scene from the Vatican’s museums. ¬© Charles Thibo

“What a stupid book”, I said to myself. A trivial story about a romance between a priest, his son and a blind orphan. I hated Andr√© Gide’s novel “La Symphony Pastorale”! I had to study it a school and the moral questions the novel evokes on the base of Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel’s philosophy totally escaped me. I was interested in astrophysics and spaceflight, not in moral dilemmas.

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