Revolution Books presents author and professor John “Tito” Gerassi reading and discussing his most recent book, “Talking with Sartre: Conversations and Debates,” published by Yale University Press. As a child, John Gerassi’s mother and father were close friends with the important French philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Authorized by Sartre to write his biography, Gerassi conducted a long series of interviews between 1970 and 1974, which he has now edited to produce this revelatory and breathtaking portrait. Through these interviews, we see Sartre wrestling with the apparent contradiction between his views on freedom and the influence of social conditions on peoples’ choices and actions. The discussions explore the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Palestinian/Israeli crisis and many other questions. “Gerassi's conversations with Sartre are a treat, unprecedented in the voluminous Sartre archives. This is the unguarded Sartre; he forgets the tape recorder. We see it all—the voracious curiosity, political passion, probing honesty, self-deprecating humor, and bragging machismo. Some of the greatest gems are his passing comments. In between the lines we see into his soul.” —Hazel Rowley, author of "Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre" “Talking with Sartre is like no other interview book that I’ve ever read. Sartre’s genius and fire figure on every page, often interwoven with the personal details that make his life every bit as interesting as his writings. Gerassi’s insightful and argumentative probing brings out the very best in Sartre. A masterpiece, an absolute delight to read.” — Bertell Ollman, Professor, New York University (Revolution Books is wheelchair accessible, event is free, donations appreciated) (RevolutionBooks)
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