No Exit and Three Other Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Gets me thinking about personalities and power struggles in a different way.
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4 plays about an existential portrayal of Hell, the reworking of the Electra-Orestes story, the conflict of a young intellectual torn between theory and conflict and an arresting attack on American racism.
 

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Sartre is the dominant figure in post-war French intellectual life. A graduate of the prestigious Ecole Normale Superieure with an agregation in philosophy, Sartre has been a major figure on the literary and philosophical scenes since the late 1930s. Widely known as an atheistic proponent of existentialism, he emphasized the priority of existence over preconceived essences and the importance of human freedom. In his first and best novel, Nausea (1938), Sartre contrasted the fluidity of human consciousness with the apparent solidity of external reality and satirized the hypocrisies and pretensions of bourgeois idealism. Sartre's theater is also highly ideological, emphasizing the importance of personal freedom and the commitment of the individual to social and political goals. His first play, The Flies (1943), was produced during the German occupation, despite its underlying message of defiance. One of his most popular plays is the one-act No Exit (1944), in which the traditional theological concept of hell is redefined in existentialist terms. In Red Gloves (Les Mains Sales) (1948), Sartre examines the pragmatic implications of the individual involved in political action through the mechanism of the Communist party and a changing historical situation. His highly readable autobiography, The Words (1964), tells of his childhood in an idealistic bourgeois Protestant family and of his subsequent rejection of his upbringing. Sartre has also made significant contributions to literary criticism in his 10-volume Situations (1947--72) and in works on Baudelaire, Genet, and Flaubert.
 
Published July 15, 2015 by Vintage. 288 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Suite 101

Above average
Reviewed by Jon Blackstock on Jun 22 2010

Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit presents a tight conflict among characters.

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Shmoop

Above average
Reviewed by Shmoop on Jan 01 2008

If you’re going to get into Sartre, No Exit is a great place to start. You and your friends will be fighting for subjectivity in no time.

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Mooney on Theatre

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Reviewed by Nadaa Hyder on Jan 29 2012

Gets me thinking about personalities and power struggles in a different way.

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SF Fringe

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Reviewed by Chloe Veltman on Jan 01 2008

Barely a year goes by without some Bay Area company or other seeing fit to give No Exit an airing. This year marks the centennial of Sartre's birth, an auspicious time to premiere a sharp new translation.

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