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The Nobel Prize in Literature 1964 was awarded to Jean-Paul Sartre "for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted a far-reaching influence on our age".

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Being and Nothingness (L'etre et le néant)

It deals and analyses each aspects of EXISTENCE from conscious and un-conscious view point.
/Himanshu Parcha, India
Sartre think that he is going to get rid off Bad faith and he falls on it.
/Abdelmadjid Amrani, Algeria
Sartre's theory of freedom which led him to become involved in the Algerian War 1954-1962. Indeed, his philosophical and political thought before and after the Second World War, later shown that Sartre's writings and political activities are in favour of the Algerian people.
/Prof, Dr Abdelmadjid, Algeria

Dirty Hands (Les mains sales)

A really amazing theatral piece. Themes such as involvement and relationship are treated in a non conventional way. and, in the end, the reader can discover the difference between believe in an idea and take part of something without any involvement.
/Valentina Brignoli, Italy

Nausea (La nausée)

Nothing darker. It is a bleak work of extreme philosophy that ultimately liberates many misconceptions that man has of their state in the world.
/Phillip Godwin, United States
I liked it because it is an individual novel about collectivity and of course Existentialism is the best theory of 21st centuary. so Im impressed oo.
/Sohail Naseer, Pakistan
Certainly, Nausea presents a key to his subsequent writings. It is in this Novel that the idea of freedom was first deployed. Towards the end of the Novel, Roquentin decided to abandon his projected biography of the Marquis de Rollebon, which has been the chief project in this life. However, Roquentin as presented in Nausea characterized Sartre's own ideas of this period, not only in his description of the notion of freedom, but also in his decision to write a Book which was to become L'etre et le Neant, Being and Nothingness, 1943. Indeed, about this project Sartre declares towards the ends of his life: I thought that the aim of literature was to write a book that would reveal to the reader things he had never thought of before.
/Prof.Dr Abdelmadjid, Algeria
The loneliness, the failure in the search of absoluts, the nothing that awaits us after the nothing of living ... Just an extraordinary novel, where Sartre prints, with an extraordinary and anxious prose, the soul that searches for something to give it a reason, but finding that, behind each possibility, there is a door that leads to the Nothing, in that background of the Nausea.
/Santiago C. Bullard, Peru
This book should outlive the century, not only as an hommage to Sartre or as a monument of existentialisme, but also for its wide range and literary quality. Sartre was a unique philosopher who advocated strong views and who has inspired many people.
/Frank, Netherlands

No Exit (Huis clos)

I like this book, because it shows the complexity of the human relations and the difficulty of living with the others.
/Antonio Miranda, Mexico
It epitomizes the self's inner existential crises. Facing the deepest part of one's self by contrasting it with the gaze of the others is indeed highly existential and actually terrifying. 'L'enfer c'est les autres' but it is also 'moi' when I am not in peace neither with myself nor with the 'other'(s). Reading it was a very moving experience particularly that it was the first book I read in my life ... it will remain in the back of my mind for the rest of my life.
/Joelle Abi Rached, United Kingdom
This play is by far one of the best plays ever written (at least in my opinion). Besides reading it over 5 times, I also directed a high school production of it two years ago, which was, surprisingly, a success. One of the last lines by Garcin, is one of my favorite quotes in literature history: "Hell is other people".
/Michael VanCalbergh, United States
"Hell is other people". Sartre creates hell in a way that makes fire, brimstone, and demons like a walk in the park. Three people die and are sent to a room to spend the rest of eternity. They do not have anything they want. At first, it doesn't seem so bad, the company, but since it IS hell, things hit the fan. Sartre even gives the characters the chance to escape their room, but no one takes the chance ... they would rather endure eternity in this room than outside, who knows where.
/Leia Crawford, United States

Saint Genet, Actor and Martyr (Saint Genet, comédien et martyr)

In this book Sartre claims that the limited freedom of Genet is determined by society. Indeed ,it is society which obliged Genet to commit crimes and to act. When Genet searched for being , he found himself without property and parents. For Sartre, Genet is a victim in a society which defines being as having , and Genet wants to be, but he must have in order to be. Thus, Genet has received an inferiority complex from others and his freedom consisted of taking it upon himself.
/Prof, Dr Abdelmadjid, Algeria

The Age of Reason (L'age de raison)

It wonderfully encapsulates existentialism both artistically and philosophically. A true master piece.
/Carlos de la, United States

The Condemned of Altona (Les séquestrés d'Altona)

The central fact of Sartre's The condemned of Altona was torture. Frantz existed in this play as the man who had been tortured and the one who had tortured He was recognized as well as condemned. Therefore, all Frantz's life had been possessed; first by his father, then by Hitler, now by his memories . For Sartre, it was impossible for Frantz to accept himself in this situation. Indeed, Sartre's attempt in his play was focused on the enemy-capitalists, collaborators, and European colonialists. The audience in Sartre's play would identify the enemy as itself. Frantz characterized as France. Was it France whose crimes were so great and Sartre must uncover them through the images of Nazi Germany? This was exactly the main point which Sartre was writing about the war in Algeria from the European view.
/Prof, Dr, Abdelmadjid, Algeria

The Flies (Les mouches)

I read it Freshman year of college in a class all about French existentialism. 'The Flies' was the first thing I ever read (and I read a lot) that helped me clarify to others why I was an atheist and how I felt about religion and the general status of society. It was only the second work by an author (the first being 'Crime and Punishment' by Dostoevsky) that made me go out the next week and buy everything I could find by that same author at the local bookstore. Sartre's use of the tale of Orestes and Elektra stirred and excited me at first reading, and it still fascinates me every time I reread.
/Tiffany Sears, United States
The play goes, from a number of symbols, to attack the problems of existentialism, and specially the one that talks about the man as a lonely creature, tha must build his own ways in the search of a meaning, having to fight against the flies, which are like ghosts that come after us from a past we'd like to run away from, with no possiblility. Just an extraordinary play.
/Santiago C. Bullard, Peru

The Fruitseller from Kabul (Kabuliwala)

This beautiful story gives a first hand account of time that leaves everybody and everything behind with some sense of loss in them. The only way to be with time is to understand it and reconcile with its power. The story is about a little girl who after growing up quite naturally forget most of her childhood associations.
/Nishant K. Ranjan, India

The Roads to Freedom (Les chemins de la liberté)

Opened my mind to the human predicament: that of freedom and choice. Reading Sartre's 'Roads to freedom' is a journey that will make you examine yourself, the morals you hold the values you hold in favor and the life you choose to lead. All of these, in multiple narratives of the European landscape under war painted by a whole cast of characters trying to make sense of it. A true wonderful reading experience.
/Jedi, Philippines

The Wall, and Other Stories (Le mur)

A good collection to get introduced to Sartre's existentialist works.
/Soumya Sen, United States

What is Literature? (Qu'est-ce que la littérature?)

Jean-Paul Sartre was the philosopher of the 20th century. He wrote this book to make a definition for the literature to put a base .. good base for anyone who has a hobby in writing in the different branches in literature as: 1- Poetry. 2- Theatre. 3- Romance. 4- Short stories. It is a good book for anyone who wants to be a novelist in a short time using the principles of Sartre.
/Moatazmohsen, Egypt
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