At The Existentialist Café

Author: Sarah Bakewell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473545323

Category: Philosophy

Page: 448

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Shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize 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... ‘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... 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 copy’ Independent on Sunday ‘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’ 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’ Mail on Sunday

At the Existentialist Café

Author: Sarah Bakewell

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 1590518896

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 7124


Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2016 by the New York Times, a spirited account of a major intellectual movement of the twentieth century and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it, by the best-selling author of How to Live Sarah Bakewell. Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called Phenomenology. "You see," he says, "if you are a phenomenologist you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!" It was this simple phrase that would ignite a movement, inspiring Sartre to integrate Phenomenology into his own French, humanistic sensibility, thereby creating an entirely new philosophical approach inspired by themes of radical freedom, authentic being, and political activism. This movement would sweep through the jazz clubs and cafés of the Left Bank before making its way across the world as Existentialism. Featuring not only philosophers, but also playwrights, anthropologists, convicts, and revolutionaries, At the Existentialist Café follows the existentialists' story, from the first rebellious spark through the Second World War, to its role in postwar liberation movements such as anti-colonialism, feminism, and gay rights. Interweaving biography and philosophy, it is the epic account of passionate encounters--fights, love affairs, mentorships, rebellions, and long partnerships--and a vital investigation into what the existentialists have to offer us today, at a moment when we are once again confronting the major questions of freedom, global responsibility, and human authenticity in a fractious and technology-driven world.

At the Existentialist Café

Author: Sarah Bakewell

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 1590514882

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 439

View: 672


"First published in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus, 2016."

How to Live

Author: Sarah Bakewell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446450902

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 997


How to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love? How to live? This question obsessed Renaissance nobleman Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-92), who wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. Into these essays he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog's ears twitched when it was dreaming, events in the appalling civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller, and over four hundred years later, readers still come to him in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment - and in search of themselves. This first full biography of Montaigne in English for nearly fifty years relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored.

The Smart

Author: Sarah Bakewell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446483673

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 1175


The Smart is a true drama of eighteenth-century life with a mercurial, mysterious heroine. Caroline is a young Irishwoman who runs off to marry a soldier, comes to London and slides into a glamorous life as a high-class prostitute, a great risk-taker, possessing a mesmerising appeal. In the early 1770s, she becomes involved with the intriguing Perreau twins, identical in looks but opposite in character, one a sober merchant, the other a raffish gambler. They begin forging bonds, living in increasing luxury until everything collapses like a house of cards - and forgery is a capital offence. A brilliantly researched and marvellously evocative history, The Smart is full of the life of London streets and shots through with enduring themes - sex, money, death and fame. It bridges the gap between aristocracy and underworld as eighteenth-century society is drawn into the most scandalous financial sting of the age.

The English Dane

Author: Sarah Bakewell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409016277

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 8307


This gripping nineteenth-century adventure stars Jorgen Jorgenson, who ran away to sea at fourteen and began a brilliant career by sailing to establish the first colony in Tasmania. Twists of fortune then found him captaining a warship for Napoleon before joining a British trading voyage to Iceland, where he staged an outrageous coup and ruled the country for two months. Much lay ahead, from imprisonment in the hulks to patronage by Joseph Banks and travels in Europe as a British spy. But Jorgenson was dogged by his own excesses, and ended up transported as a convict to the very colony he helped to found. Here he reinvented himself again as an explorer, and, despite his sympathy for the people, was caught up in the terrible Aboriginal clearances. Using unpublished sources and letters, Sarah Bakewell tells his astonishing tale with dazzling verve.

Alejo Carpentier, the Pilgrim at Home

Author: Roberto González Echevarría,Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literatures Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Authors, Spanish

Page: 307

View: 6708


First published in 1977 (Cornell U.) and newly updated, Echevarria's (Spanish and comparative literature, Yale) critical study covers the life and work (and the life as revealed in the work) of the late, great Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Inside the Statues of Saints

Author: George H. Szanto

Publisher: Vehicule Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Authors, Mexican

Page: 160

View: 6385


During the 1985 earthquake, as the churches shook, straw and terracotta statues of saints came crashing to the ground. The Christian garb of a number of these statues fell away, revealing stone effigies of pre-Hispanic Gods. The writers who speak in this book explore what is concealed by the façades of political institutions and cultural repute--what lies hidden inside the statues of saints. From the perspective of a Canadian who knows Mexico intimately, George Szanto spoke with Mexican fiction writers. In telling their stories these writers disclose a civilization, a hidden Mexico beyond its sunny beaches and steep pyramids. The intent of Szanto's essays, along with his interview with Carlos Fuentes, is to provide insight into the daily life of Mexico's people and the fears and hopes by which they perceive and practice their lives. Elena Poniatowska has spent a lifetime revealing Mexicans to themselves. She believes that the Chiapas rebellion will changes the course of Mexican history. Subcomandante Marcos invited her to interview him. Paco Ignacio Taibo II's focus is Mexico City's politico-criminal underbelly. A professor of history he is the author of some fifty books, including detective novels. Marëa Luisa Puga, winner of Mexico's highest literary award, sees the division between Mexico City and the rest of the country as an immense threat to a unified Mexican nation. Juan Villoro, the youngest writer Szanto speaks with, believes that the Mexican written word is inconceivable without the work of Faulkner, and is concerned about TV-addicted kids. Ricardo Perera's work is out of the mainstream and he is little published. His well-crafted stories are read as ideologically distant from the literary establishment. Among the more invisible elements of Mexican society is a vibrant Jewish community of about 80,000--the context for Margo Glantz's autobiographical novel, The Family Tree, which searches the mysteries of her family's past. The eloquence of Carlos Fuentes is revealed in an interview entitled "Our Personal Frontier with Latin America" which serves as an epilogue to Inside the Statues of Saints.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy

Author: Eric Bronson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118132939

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 9548


The essential companion to Stieg Larsson's bestselling trilogyand director David Fincher's 2011 film adaptation Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy—The Girlwith the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, andThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest—is aninternational phenomenon. These books express Larsson's lifelongwar against injustice, his ethical beliefs, and his deep concernfor women's rights. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo andPhilosophy probes the compelling philosophical issues behindthe entire trilogy. What philosophies do Lisbeth Salander and Kanthave in common? To catch a criminal, can Lisbeth and Mikael becriminals themselves? Can revenge be ethical? Drawing on some ofhistory's greatest philosophical minds, this book gives freshinsights into Larsson's ingeniously plotted tale of crime andcorruption. Looks at compelling philosophical issues such as a feministreading of Lisbeth Salander, Aristotelian arguments for why we loverevenge, how Kant can explain why so many women sleep with MikaelBlomkvist, and many more Includes a chapter from a colleague of Larsson's—whoworked with him in anti-Nazi activities—that exploresLarsson's philosophical views on skepticism and quotes fromnever-before-seen correspondence with Larsson Offers new insights into the novels' key characters, includingLisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and investigates the author,Stieg Larsson As engrossing as the quest to free Lisbeth Salander from herpast, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy isideal reading for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext andexploring the greater issues at work in the story.