Jean-Paul Sartre

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Jean-Paul Sartre
Jean-Paul Sartre (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives) by Andrew Leak
English | 2006 | ISBN: 1861892705 | 168 pages | EPUB | 2,4 MB


œWhat I have just written is false. True. Neither true nor false, like everything one writes about madmen, about men. With these sentences, Jean-Paul Sartre undermines the truthfulness of his own autobiography, Les Mots. Undeterred by such circumlocutions, Andrew Leak here cuts through Sartres own disavowals to unearth the man behind the literary and philosophical giant.

This biographical study integrates Sartres works into his personal life, revealing the intimate contexts in which his philosophy developed. From Sartres beginnings as a bright and precocious student, Leak explores how he struggled against the repressive strictures of bourgeois expectations, endured cruelty at the hands of schoolmates, and forged his conflicted personality within a fragmented family life. The book probes his particularly influential relationships with a range of people”from Simone de Beauvoir to Gaston Gallimard”and how Sartre was transformed by historical events, in particular his service in World War II.

Telling anecdotes, personal correspondence, and archival photographs expose how Sartres own challenges emerged as predominant themes in his works”such as the often blurred delineation between the real and imaginary, and his preoccupation with definitions of œmadness in the individual. Leaks astute and provocative examination of Sartre himself challenges the philosophers assertion about the limits of knowledge of the other.

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