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El muro (original 1939; edition 2010)

by Jean Paul Sartre

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Title:El muro
Authors:Jean Paul Sartre
Info:Editorial Época (2010), Paperback
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:existencialismo, literatura francesa

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The Wall : And Other Stories [Intimacy; The Wall; The Room; Erostratus; The Childhood of a Leader] by Jean-Paul Sartre (1939)

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I bought this book about a year ago, when I was in the midst of ending a horrible short-lived relationship and felt rather existentialist, though I feel "rather existentialist" on a regular basis, so that's not saying much. The slim volume includes five short stories by Sartre, and of those The Childhood of a Leader is my favorite by far. I would suggest this as bedtime reading if you have a somber side, or else bathtub reading if you adopt a more cheerful attitude toward life. ( )
  Seven.Stories.Press | Jun 13, 2014 |
Title story is a interesting complement to The Stranger. ( )
  dan.ostermeier | Oct 2, 2013 |
"Ninguna vida tenía valor. Se iba a colocar a un hombre frente a un muro y a tirar sobre él hasta que reventara..." ( )
  darioha | Jan 28, 2013 |
The first story in this book is really the best one out of the bunch. The final story is the worst, almost like the book was designed as a progression with decreasing quality as you move along.This is not to say that the style or the writing got any worse particularly. Sartre's fiction style isn't any great shakes, though his stories are always interesting. The last story though "Childhood of a Leader" is just so thick with period references to France between the two World Wars that it's difficult to understand all the references to various historical figures and movements. The fascism is easy enough to clue in on, but the ins and outs of the youth movements and so on made for distracting reading. New Directions is a cheap ass publishing house (though they do important and valuable service), so don't expect a footnoted edition any time ever, as helpful as that would be. ( )
  TheDigitarian | Jun 14, 2010 |
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Intimacy (Lloyd Alexander translation): Lulu slept naked because she liked to feel the sheets carressing her body and also because laundry was expensive.
Lulu slept naked because she liked the feel the sheets caressing her body and also because laundry was expensive.
The Wall (Lloyd Alexander translation): They pushed us into a big white room and I began to blink because the light hurt my eyes.
The Room (Lloyd Alexander translation): Mme Darbédat a rahat-loukoum between her fingers. She brought it carefully to her lips and held her breath, afraid that the fine dust of sugar that powdered it would blow away.
Erostratus (Lloyd Alexander translation): You really have to see men from above.
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5 stories: Intimacy; The wall; The room; Erostratus; The childhood of a leader.
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Five stories:
INTIMACY, 
EROSTRATUS,
THE WALL,
THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER, &
THE ROOM.

From the back cover of the Berkeley Medallion edition:
"INTIMACY reveals a forbidden world which is perverse, shocking, diabolical--unlike anything you have ever met on the printed page, but a startling reflection of life as you know it...
Here is a portrait of life seen from new and revealing angles, in which the human soul is stripped of its civilized veneer, and layers of experience are peeled back with ferocious skill--to reveal the depths of the private obsessions, sensualities and neuroses of our time, and the overwhelming evil to which modern man can descend."
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