Sartre: A Life

Annie Cohen-Solal, Author, Annapaoloa Cancogni, Translator Pantheon Books $24.95 (591p) ISBN 978-0-394-52525-9
In telling Sartre's life story as a sweeping adventure in the present tense, Cohen-Solal recreates the existentialist crises that made up his life. She delves into the ""profound mutation'' he underwent after two months in a German prison camp, from which he emerged a militant. She candidly portrays his seduction by Stalinism; his relationship with Simone de Beauvoir, the ``linchpin'' of his social circle; his political flip-flops and growing isolation in the 1960s and '70s. One of her findings is that Sartre was fearful of direct confrontations with movements or voices that conflicted with his own; another is that he desperately sought approval from younger women. The author's approach enables her to take the full measure of her complex subject. A bestseller in the original French edition, this remarkable, intimate biography shows that the existentialist idol had feet of clay, without in any way diminishing his greatness. (June 22)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1987
Release date: 05/01/1987
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 728 pages - 978-2-07-070527-6
Paperback - 624 pages - 978-1-56584-974-7
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