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Geschlossene Gesellschaft (German Edition)…

Geschlossene Gesellschaft (German Edition) (original 1944; edition 1998)

by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Title:Geschlossene Gesellschaft (German Edition)
Authors:Jean-Paul Sartre
Info:Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH (1998), Paperback, 80 pages
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Tags:himmel, hölle, philosophie, französische literatur, drama, theater, einakter, homosexualität, mord, kindsmord, ewigkeit

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No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre (1944)



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Three strangers are escorted into hell. It's a living room, in a fussy antique style, with a few couches and knick-knacks but no windows or doors. Where are their tormentors and devices of torture? Each other.

A short one-act play. Truly classic right down to its famous line - "Hell is other people". Though, despite the characters' insistence that they are torturing each other, it becomes increasingly obvious that they are each their own torturer. They see themselves reflected in each others' eyes - literally, in one case - and hate what they see.

Although I'm not sure how much of this play I really understood, I was especially intrigued by the gender roles involved. Garcin feels he is not masculine enough because he deserted the military, but isn't much concerned about the real reason he's in hell - abusing his wife and blatantly cheating on her. Garcin wants to sleep with Estelle despite not being terribly attracted to her, because he thinks it'll make him feel more like a man. Estelle wants to sleep with Garcin because, as Inez points out, she is constantly looking for validation from men. Estelle is afraid when Inez hits on her because she's not a man. Garcin looks for validation from Inez because she's a woman who is uninterested in him. Fascinating stuff, if the whole "cold-hearted, cruel lesbian" trope is a little tired at this point. ( )
  norabelle414 | Aug 3, 2018 |
three people meet in hell; you need a course in Sartre to really appreciate this play ( )
  margaretfield | May 30, 2018 |
Schwer zu beurteilen, da der Schluss gut ist.
Sie entschließen sich, den Ausweg durch die offene Tür nicht zu nehmen. Der Verlust zwischenmenschlicher Beziehungen wiegt schwerer, als die Qualität dieser Beziehung.
In gewissen Sinn sind sie im Tod lebendig: So wie Sartre es porträtiert, sind sie nun viel stärker an zwischenmenschliche Beziehungen gebunden, als im Leben. Das Aushandeln ihrer Gefühle ist lebendige Hölle.
"Das Leben ist Leiden." sagt, denke ich, der Buddhismus. Genau das passiert hier. ( )
  ufkls | Jun 20, 2017 |
A performance might have been a 5*! This one act play shows a vision of what existential hell might be; as Cradeau says at the end "Hell is just -- other people". But not any random people, rather ones that are specifically chosen.

This was my first experience with Sartre - he and Camus are authors that I have been nervous about reading. However, I found this easy to read and look forward to trying a longer work by him. ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 28, 2016 |
Aici găsit-am celebrul dicton sartrian:

Nu-i nevoie de flăcări şi de smoală, infernul sunt ceilalţi.

Apoi, m-am gândit ce cool şi captivant este Infernul lui Dante faţă de iadul lui Sartre. Chiar şi personajul Garcin îşi doreşte cu disperare cazanul cu smoală şi fierul înroşit decât să petreacă eternitatea cu cele două colege ale lui.

Şi, nu în ultimul rând, mi-am amintit de un personaj din Crimă şi Pedeapsă de Dostoievski. El îşi închipuia iadul ca o cameră întunecoasă fără uşi şi ferestre în care îşi va petrece veşnicia în compania regretelor şi remuşcărilor. ( )
  mariusgm | Aug 25, 2013 |
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Fantasy / Characters: 2 male, 2 female

Scenery: Interior

No Exit was first presented in New York at the Biltmore Theatre with Claude Dauphin, Annabella, and Ruth Ford. Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and there is no exit. The irony of this hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire, but of the burning humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the damned. Here the soul is shorn of secrecy, and even the blackest deeds are mercilessly exposed to the fierce light of hell. It is an eternal torment.

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In these four plays, Jean-Paul Sartre, the great existentialist novelist and philosopher, displays his mastery of the drama. No Exit is an unforgettable portrayal of hell. The Flies is a modern reworking of the Electra-Orestes story. Dirty Hands is about a young intellectual torn between theory and praxis. The Respectful Prostitute is a scathing attack on American racism. 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.… (more)

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