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At The Existentialist Cafe : Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails - Sarah Bakewell

At The Existentialist Cafe

Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

Paperback Published: 27th February 2017
ISBN: 9780099554882
Number Of Pages: 300

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From the bestselling author of How to Live, an enthralling and original new book about a group of young thinkers, the birth of existentialism and some of the biggest questions of all

Paris, near the turn of 1932-3. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking…

About the Author

Sarah Bakewell had a wandering childhood in Europe, Australia and England. After studying at the University of Essex, she wrote fiction and worked in bookshops before becoming Curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Institute Library for the History of Medicine in London. She curated an exhibition with Marina Warner for the Science Museum and catalogues rare book collections for the National Trust. She is the author of The Smart;The English Dane: From King of Iceland to Tasmanian Convict, and the bestselling biography How to Live: A life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer.

Industry Reviews

"It's not often that you miss your bus stop because you're so engrossed in reading a book about existentialism, but I did exactly that while immersed in Sarah Bakewell's At the Existentialist Cafe. The story of Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus, Heidegger et al is strange, fun and compelling reading. If it doesn't win awards, I will eat my proof copy" -- Katy Guest * The Independent on Sunday *
"My book of the year is Sarah Bakewell's At The Existentialist Cafe, a marvellously rich and evocative journey through one of the most powerful philosophical movements of the twentieth century... This graceful book speaks to our parochial and inward-looking age." -- Sudhir Hazareesingh * Times Literary Supplement, Book of the Year *
"A wonderfully readable combination of biography, philosophy, history, cultural analysis and personal reflection." -- John Walsh * Independent *
"At the Existentialist Cafe takes us back to...when philosophers and philosophy itself were sexy, glamorous, outrageous; when sensuality and erudition were entwined... [Bakewell] shows how fascinating were some of the existentialists' ideas and how fascinating, often frightful, were their lives. Vivid, humorous anecdotes are interwoven with a lucid and unpatronising exposition of their complex philosophy... Tender, incisive and fair." -- Jane O'Grady * Daily Telegraph *
"Quirky, funny, clear and passionate...Few writers are as good as Bakewell at explaining complicated ideas in a way that makes them easy to understand." -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *

ISBN: 9780099554882
ISBN-10: 0099554887
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 27th February 2017
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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