No Exit

No Exit

And Three Other Plays

Book - 1989
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Four seminal plays by one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century.

An existential portrayal of Hell in Sartre's best-known play, as well as three other brilliant, thought-provoking works: 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.

Baker & Taylor
English translations of four plays which dramatize the theme of man's responsibility for his own actions, by the leader of French existentialism

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1989, c1976
ISBN: 9780679725169
0679725164
Branch Call Number: 842.914 SA
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 21 cm

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maiki69
Apr 11, 2020

Sartre is to theatre what Gaultier is to fashion. Both have a knack of taking a thing and standing it on its head to fully and better appreciate it. NO EXIT is one such look at hell. In THE FLIES, he re-works the Electra-Orestes story, bringing it up to a modern clip. He explores the vagaries of intellectualism in DIRTY HANDS, and challenges racial division with THE RESPECTFUL PROSTITUTE. When reading Sartre, expect the unexpected.

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mkeefe1027
Mar 25, 2018

This is my first encounter with Sartre's work, and the man's plays are a lot more accessible than the pronunciation of his name.

"No Exit," the play from which the famous line "Hell is--other people" hails, is a really enjoyable read, though I liked the line "...I'm a crowd all by myself" much better.

A great account of hell: seeing ourselves filtered through other people.

Wasn't as impressed with "The Respectful Prostitute," whose characters and plot were not as greatly developed, in my opinion.

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Persnickety77
Dec 08, 2014

"Hell is other people." Sums it up pretty perfectly!

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maiki69
Apr 11, 2020

Sartre has a knack for taking a thing and standing it on its head to fully and better appreciate it. NO EXIT is one such look at hell. THE FLIES re-hashes the Electra-Orestes story, DIRTY HANDS punches a hole through intellectualism, and THE RESPECTFUL PROSTITUTE examines racial prejudice. With Sartre, expect the unexpected.

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maiki69
Apr 11, 2020

Sartre has a knack for taking a thing and standing it on its head to fully and better appreciate it.
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