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Typhus

Typhus( )
Author: Sartre, Jean-Paul
Translator: Turner, Chris
Series title:The French List Ser.
ISBN:978-1-906497-42-2
Publication Date:Jul 2010
Publisher:Seagull Books
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $19.95
Book Description:

Set in Malaya during the British protectorate, Sartre's Typhus centres on the improbable couple formed by the disgraced former doctor Georges, who has sunk to the lowest depths of a highly stratified colonial society, and Nellie, a down-at-heel nightclub singer, whose partner succumbs to the typhus epidemic sweeping the country. Though it does not shy from the explosive issues of colonialism and race that are implicit in its setting, Typhus is both a turbulent...
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Book Details
Pages:212
Detailed Subjects: Drama / European / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.357 x 7.761 x 0.932 Inches
Book Weight:0.933 Pounds
Author Biography
Sartre, Jean-Paul (Author)
Sartre is the dominant figure in post-war French intellectual life. A graduate of the prestigious Ecole Normale Superieure with an agregation in philosophy, Sartre has been a major figure on the literary and philosophical scenes since the late 1930s. Widely known as an atheistic proponent of existentialism, he emphasized the priority of existence over preconceived essences and the importance of human freedom. In his first and best novel, Nausea (1938), Sartre contrasted the fluidity of human consciousness with the apparent solidity of external reality and satirized the hypocrisies and pretensions of bourgeois idealism. Sartre's theater is also highly ideological, emphasizing the importance of personal freedom and the commitment of the individual to social and political goals. His first play, The Flies (1943), was produced during the German occupation, despite its underlying message of defiance. One of his most popular plays is the one-act No Exit (1944), in which the traditional theological concept of hell is redefined in existentialist terms. In Red Gloves (Les Mains Sales) (1948), Sartre examines the pragmatic implications of the individual involved in political action through the mechanism of the Communist party and a changing historical situation. His highly readable autobiography, The Words (1964), tells of his childhood in an idealistic bourgeois Protestant family and of his subsequent rejection of his upbringing. Sartre has also made significant contributions to literary criticism in his 10-volume Situations (1947--72) and in works on Baudelaire, Genet, and Flaubert.

In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and refused it, saying that he always declined official honors. 030



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