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Hope Now: The 1980 Interviews

[Paperback]

by Jean-paul Sartre, Benny Levy

    • Author

      Jean-paul Sartre

    • Book Format

      Paperback

    • Publisher

      University of Chicago Press

    • Published

      June 2007

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      In March of 1980, just a month before Sartre's death, Le Nouvel Observateur published a series of interviews, the last ever given, between the blind and debilitated philosopher and his young assistant, Benny Levy. Readers were scandalized and denounced the interviews as distorted, inauthentic, even fraudulent. They seemed to portray a Sartre who had abandoned his leftist convictions and rejected his most intimate friends, including Simone de Beauvoir. This man had cast aside his own fundamental beliefs in the primacy of individual consciousness, the inevitability of violence, and Marxism, embracing instead a messianic Judaism. No, Sartre's supporters argued, it was his interlocutor, the ex-radical, the orthodox, ultra-right-wing activist who had twisted the words and thought of an ailing Sartre to his own ends. Or had he?

      Shortly before his death, Sartre confirmed the authenticity of the interviews and their puzzling content. Over the past fifteen years, it has become the task of Sartre scholars to unravel and understand them. Presented in this fresh, meticulous translation, the interviews are framed by two provocative essays from Benny Levy himself, accompanied by a comprehensive introduction from noted Sartre authority Ronald Aronson. Placing the interviews in proper biographical and philosophical perspective, Aronson demonstrates that the thought of both Sartre and Levy reveals multiple intentions that taken together nevertheless confirm and add to Sartre's overall philosophy. This absorbing volume at last contextualizes and elucidates the final thoughts of a brilliant and influential mind. Jean-Paul Sartre (1906-1980) was offered, but declined, the Nobel Prize for literature in 1964. His many works of fiction, drama, and philosophy include the monumental study of Flaubert, The Family Idiot, and The Freud Scenario, both published in translation by the University of Chicago Press.

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      • Author

        Jean-paul Sartre

      • Book Format

        Paperback

      • Publisher

        University of Chicago Press

      • Published

        June 2007

      • Weight

        182g

      • Dimensions

        163 x 218 x 8 mm

      • ISBN

        9780226476315

      • ISBN-10

        0226476316

      • Eden Code

        5596270

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      • Author/Creator: Jean-paul Sartre

      • ISBN: 9780226476315

      • Publisher: University of Chicago Press

      • Release Date: June 2007

      • Weight: 182g

      • Dimensions: 163 x 218 x 8 mm

      • Eden Code: 5596270


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