Jean-Paul Sartre is the author of possibly the most notorious one-liner of twentieth-century philosophy: 'Hell is other people'. Albert Camus was The Outsider. The two men first came together in Occupied Paris in the middle of the Second World War, and quickly became friends, comrades, and mutual admirers. But the intellectual honeymoon was short-lived.
In 1943, with Nazis patrolling the streets, Sartre and Camus sat in a café on the boulevard Saint-Germain with Simone de Beauvoir and began a discussion about life and love and literature that would finally tear them apart. They ended up on opposite sides in a war of words over just about everything: women,philosophy, politics.Their friendship culminated in a bitter & very public feud that was described as 'the end of a love-affair' but which never really finished. Sartre was a boxer and a drug-addict; Camus was a goalkeeper who subscribed to a degree-zero approach to style and ecstasy. Sartre, obsessed with his own ugliness, took up the challenge of accumulating women; Camus, part-Bogart, part-Samurai, was also a self-confessed Don Juan who aspired to chastity. Sartre and Camus play out an epic struggle between the symbolic and the savage. But what if the friction between these two unique individuals is also the source of our own inevitable conflicts?
Martin reconstructs the intense and antagonistic relationship that was (in Sartre's terms) 'doomed to failure'. Weaving together the lives and ideas and writings of Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, he relives the existential drama that binds them together and remixes a philosophical dialogue that speaks to us now.
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Sartre looked like an ogre; Camus was a movie star amongst French philosophers. Seemingly the best of friends, when they fell out it was always about more than a woman. But it was definitely about a woman, too.
'Andy Martin tells this microcosmic story of postwar French thought with a lightness of touch...One of the many virtues of Martin's book is that its fighting form actually suits its antagonists' philosophical fisticuffs. Their row about the rights and wrongs of violent revolution was the central showdown of the second half of the 20th century' Observer
'One of the most accessible and intelligent books on philosophy I have read this year, as alert to the human drama as the intellectual conflict, and unfailingly observant to the nuances and subtexts'
'Martin writes with passion and brio, and no small amount of daring…Indeed, perhaps what is most credible is that the book brings alive the ethical debates between Sartre and Camus…with such wit, sympathy and style.'
'An entertaining, accessible account of the existentialist writers Jean-Paul Sartre (the boxer) and Albert Camus (the goalkeeper) and their increasingly antagonistic relationship as Sartre, one of the most influential writers of the last century, fell under the spell of communism'
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Description du livre Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2012. État : Good. N/A. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. N° de réf. du libraire GRP94228060
Description du livre Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2012. Hardcover. État : Very Good. N° de réf. du libraire P021847374174