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War Diaries : Notebooks from a Phoney War, 1939-40 - Jean-Paul Sartre

War Diaries

Notebooks from a Phoney War, 1939-40

Paperback Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9781859842386
Number Of Pages: 388

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During the phoney war that preceded the invasion of France, between late 1939 and the summer of 1940, the young Jean-Paul Sartre was stationed in his native Alsace as part of a meteorological unit. He used his considerable periods of spare time, between mundane duties like watching weather balloons, to make a series of notes on philosophy, literature, politics and autobiography that anticipate the themes of his later masterpieces, and often surpass them in literary verve and directness. These War Diaries form a portrait of Sartre in his most intense and brilliant phase. With them the twentieth century's most remarkable and public philosopher has provided us with a fitting posthumous monument to his honesty and creativity.

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"It has to be said the Sartre's War Diaries are a delight." - Times Higher Education Supplement "Whatever you value in Sartre, his philosophy, his art, or simply the historical fact of his existence and influence - the notebooks add substantially to his achievement." - James Fenton, The Times "...enormously impressive, with all the crispness and manic intelligence which distinguish the early short stories and his one undoubted literary masterpiece, La Nausee." - John Weightman, Observer

Translator's Introductionp. vii
Editor's Forewordp. xx
Notebook - 3 November-December, 1939 Brumath/Morsbronnp. 1
Notebook - 5 December, 1939 Morsbronnp. 115
Notebook - 11 February, 1940 Morsbronn/Paris/Bouxwillerp. 167
Notebook - 12 February, 1940 Bouxwillerp. 217
Notebook - 14 March, 1940 Bouxwiller/Brumathp. 287
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9781859842386
ISBN-10: 1859842380
Series: Verso Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition