Nausea Description:

i Nausea i is the story of Antoine Roquentin a French writer who is horrified at his own existence In impressionistic diary form he ruthlessly catalogues his every feeling and sensation about the world and people around him br br His thoughts culminate in a pervasive overpowering feeling of nausea which spread at the bottom of the viscous puddle at the bottom of i our i time the time of purple suspenders and broken chair seats it is made of wide soft instants spreading at the edge like an oil stain br br Roquentin s efforts to come to terms with his life his philosophical and psychological struggles give Sartre the opportunity to dramatize the tenets of his Existentialist creed br br The introduction for this edition of i Nausea i by Hayden Carruth gives background on Sartre s life and major works a summary of the principal themes of Existentialist philosophy and a critical analysis of the novel itself

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

No Exit and Three Other Plays

No Exit and Three Other Plays Description:

In these four plays Jean Paul Sartre the great existentialist novelist and philosopher displays his mastery of drama NO EXIT is an unforgettable portrayal of hell THE FLIES is a modern reworking of the Electra Orestes story DIRTY HANDS is about a young intellectual torn between theory and praxis THE RESPECTFUL PROSTITUTE is an attack on American racism

Rating: 3.39 out of 5

Being and Nothingness

Being and Nothingness Description:

i Being amp Nothingness i is without doubt one of the most significant philosophical books of the th century The central work by one of the century s most influential thinkers it altered the course of western philosophy Its revolutionary approach challenged all previous assumptions about the individual s relationship with the world Known as the Bible of existentialism its impact on culture amp literature was immediate amp was felt worldwide from the absurdist drama of Samuel Beckett to the soul searching cries of the Beat poets br i Being amp Nothingness i is one of those rare books whose influence has affected the mindset of subsequent generations Seventy years after its st publication its message remains as potent as ever challenging readers to confront the fundamental dilemmas of human freedom choice responsibility amp action

Rating: 3.79 out of 5

No Exit

No Exit Description:

Jean Paul Sartre the great French existentialist displays his mastery of drama in NO EXIT an unforgettable portrayal of hell br The play is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity It is the source of Sartre s especially famous and often misinterpreted quotation L enfer c est les autres or Hell is other people a reference to Sartre s ideas about the Look and the perpetual ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object in the world of another consciousness

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Existentialism Is a Humanism

Existentialism Is a Humanism Description:

It was to correct common misconceptions about his thought that Sartre accepted an invitation to speak on October at the Club Maintenant in Paris The unstated objective of his lecture Existentialism Is a Humanism was to expound his philosophy as a form of existentialism a term much bandied about at the time Sartre asserted that existentialism was essentially a doctrine for philosophers though ironically he was about to make it accessible to a general audience The published text of his lecture quickly became one of the bibles of existentialism and made Sartre an international celebrity br The idea of freedom occupies the center of Sartre s doctrine Man born into an empty godless universe is nothing to begin with He creates his essence his self his being through the choices he freely makes existence precedes essence Were it not for the contingency of his death he would never end Choosing to be this or that is to affirm the value of what we choose In choosing therefore we commit not only ourselves but all of mankind br This edition of i Existentialism Is a Humanism i is a translation of the French edition which includes Arlette Elka m Sartre s introduction and a Q amp A with Sartre about his lecture Paired with Existentialism Is a Humanism is another seminal Sartre text his commentary on Camus s i The Stranger i In her foreword intended for an American audience acclaimed Sartre biographer Annie Cohen Solal offers an assessment of both works

Rating: 3.64 out of 5

The Wall

The Wall Description:

The Wall the lead story in this collection introduces three political prisoners on the night prior to their execution Through the gaze of an impartial doctor seemingly there for the men s solace their mental descent is charted in exquisite often harrowing detail And as the morning draws inexorably closer the men cross the psychological wall between life and death long before the first shot rings out br br This brilliant snapshot of life in anguish is the perfect introduction to a collection of stories where the neurosis of the modern world is mirrored in the lives of the people that inhabit it

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

The Age of Reason

The Age of Reason Description:

The first fully Existentialist fiction by the creator of a philosophical movement that captured the world s imagination Sartre s dramatic power amp intellectual originality combined to produce a key literary achievement This is the first novel of a trilogy originally published in France as Les chemins de la liberte L a ge de raison

Rating: 3.72 out of 5

Huis clos, suivi de Les mouches

Huis clos, suivi de Les mouches Description:

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Rating: 3.76 out of 5

Existentialism and Human Emotions

Existentialism and Human Emotions Description:

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Rating: 3.40 out of 5

The Words

The Words Description:

Jean Paul Sartre s famous autobiography of his first ten years has been widely compared to Rousseau s Confessions Written when he was fifty nine years old The Words is a masterpiece of self analysis Sartre the philosopher novelist and playwright brings to his own childhood the same rigor of honesty and insight he applied so brilliantly to other authors Born into a gentle book loving family and raised by a widowed mother and doting grandparents he had a childhood which might be described as one long love affair with the printed word Ultimately this book explores and evaluates the whole use of books and language in human experience

Rating: 3.48 out of 5