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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  11,111 ratings  ·  272 reviews
'The Wall', the lead story in this collection, introduces three political prisoners on the night prior to their execution. Through the gaze of an impartial doctor--seemingly there for the men's solace--their mental descent is charted in exquisite, often harrowing detail. And as the morning draws inexorably closer, the men cross the psychological wall between life and death ...more
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Published April 2005 by Hesperus Press (first published January 17th 1939)
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Mar 15, 2007 Alex rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who appreciate booty/Sartrean existentialism
You gotta love Sartre's sexy objectification of women. I totally think Sartre was an ass man. Exempli gratia:

"Her tail is small, yes, a lot smaller than mine, but you can see more of it. It's all around, under her thin back, it fills the skirt, you'd think it was poured in, and besides it jiggles."

Hell is other people... other people who can't appreciate a nice jiggling booty!

If Sartre was alive today, I'm sure he'd give that comment a high five or whatever the French existensialist equivalent
Glenn Russell
My focus is on one of the book's five pieces - The Wall. This existentialist story has the feel of a film shot in stark black and white; the prose is as hard boiled as it gets, told in first-person. The opening scene takes place in a large bare room with white walls where the narrator, Pablo Ibbieta, a man we can visualize with a thin, chiseled face, slick back hair and looking a bit like Albert Camus or Humphrey Bogart - a visualization in keeping with the tone of black and white film - is inte ...more
Pamela W
Oct 07, 2007 Pamela W rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and optimists
Oh you know those whacky existentialists . . . just a typical beach read, really. Early chick-lit. Love the stories, they are colorful and fairly realistic in the way they depict the ridiculous, repetitive or futile behaviors people exhibit (other peeps, not me, of course). I'm guessing that Sartre must have been hella good times at cocktail parties. Wonder who would have won in a death match between Jean-Paul, Al Camus and lil' Freddie Nietzsche? (I'm betting Nietzsche, he was uber-efficient.)
mai ahmd

...الكتاب مهدى لأولغا كوزاكيفتش وهي إحدى طالبات سيمون دو بوفوار
يحوي الكتاب خمسة قصص هي الجدار (وهي القصة الأكثر شهرة ) , الغرفة ,
أروسترات , حبل الوريد و تسمى أيضا بالحميمية وأخيرا طفولة قائد

كانت أولى الملاحظات التي قفزت إلى ذهني بعد أن قرأت القصص الثلاث الأولى هي الحالات الغريبة التي وضع فيها سارتر شخصياته والقلق الذي يعتريها

أعني أنه كان يضع مأزقا لبطل القصة أحيانا يكون عنيفا أو محرجا أو مرعبا
لينسف كل القوالب الجامدة ويخرج بها عن القالب النمطي
ولعل تعبير سارتر نفسه عن هذه القصص بإنها خمسة
Okla Elliott
Each of the pieces in this collection of short fiction has much to recommend it, but the final novella "Childhood of a Leader" stands out as one of finest novellas I've ever read. Even though the title story "The Wall" is considerably more famous, "Childhood of a Leader" is more ambitious and more groundbreaking. Written in the 1930s, this piece explores gender, class, sexuality, homo-eroticism, antisemitism, social-constructedness, and several key philosophical issues -- though it does all this ...more
Damp hands creeping all over my body; that would be the sensation accompanying me during the read of “The Wall” by Sartre. In fiction, I don’t mind an atmosphere that is oppressive, helpless, absurd or anxious, as is the case in this short story collection. The curious side of me is more often than not bewitched by the subject of human unhappiness. Unhappiness that stems from a realization, that our own existence has a pettiness to it.

Even so, these stories weren’t able to truly fascinate me on
Päk  Läng
Untuk lelaki yang agak lemah dalam memahami hasil penulisan English terutama yang terlalu dalam maksudnya, aku sangat menghargai usaha Jargon dan menyukai hasil terjemahan ini.
I cinque racconti de Il muro hanno come protagonisti dei personaggi che purtroppo e troppo spesso vengono considerati delle copie un po’ più commerciali e un po’ meno pesanti di Roquentin de La nausea. Sebbene molte delle patologie che affliggevano Roquentin si trovino anche in questi nuovi protagonisti, c’è da dire che Sartre approfondisce molto l’indagine cominciata in altre sue opere.
Se a svegliare Roquentin era stato il celebre ciottolo levigato, in questi racconti vi sono ben altre esperien
Utku Türk
Okumaya başlarken korktuğum gibi, anlatmaya başlarken de korkuyorum. Boyumdan büyük bir şey yapıyormuş gibi hissediyorum. Fakat yanıma Depeche Mode şarkıları alıp notlarımı tekrar okuduktan sonra notlarımı yazmaya cesaret edebildim.

Kitap 5 farklı hikayeden oluşuyor. Farklı olduğunu sadece okumadan önce iddia edebileceğiniz 5 hikaye. İlki, duvar, tamamen kişisel bir tepki. İspanya İç Savaş'ına karşı verilen bu tepki, İspanya'da faşizmin yükseldiği döneme denk geliyor, ki Sartre da bir hayli umuts
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Nighttime. The narrator and his companions inside a prison cell, they've been told they will all be shot by sunrise. Sartre imagines how it is, during one's last evening, knowing of his violent end as soon as the new day breaks. I wonder, though, if that was what it'd really be. It would have been better if one who had actually experienced such a thing (and survived) had written this.

The end could be a delightful surprise. Not for me, though, as I sort of had an inkling it'll be like that (had I
Naile Berna
Overall I am very impressed with how much Sartre can accomplish in so few pages in terms of story telling. A great and clear introduction, an intriguing climax then a surprise ending and a very relatable perspective to a characters world view under very strange circumstances during the whole time...

The Wall: I am quite impressed with the way the author describes the physical state of characters. I had to stop a few moments to think about how they feel, and how I would if I were in their shoes. A
If all five short stories, included in this book, have such level of mastery and strength as titular story this would be one of the most splendid examples of literature. But, sadly, this collection of short stories is rather inconsistent. "The Wall" itself ia a haunting travel into inner life and experience of a man condemned to death, brilliant in its depiction of the smallest impulses of human psyche in this extreme (of course, borderline in existentialist meaning) situation and striking in it ...more
Luc Abdullah
Terjemahannya ada beberapa struktur ayat kedengaran lucu (bagi saya, lah). Apa-apa pun ini adalah usaha yang baik dalam menambahkan bahan bacaan bahasa Melayu.

Terjemahan yang setahu saya terdiri daripada terjemahan secara literal atau bebas atau mementingkan makna atau mementingkan mood teks asal atau lain-lain. Jadi, tidak terlepas saya dari perasaan membaca terjemahan terus (kadang-kadang) dari kamus walaupun saya sendiri tidak mengetahui proses si penterjemah dalam menghasilkan teks sekunder
آخ منك يا سارتر , وكأنه كان ينقصني المزيد من النشويش , سارتر ورحلة البحث عن الحقيقة والذات الانسانية, يلوج الى اعمق تفاصيل الشخصيات نفسيا و جسديا , يكشف امراضنا , عقدة أوديب , الكذب , اللواط , التعصب ومعاداة السامية .
لعل اكثر ما اعجبني هي القصة الأولى تحت عنوان "الجدار" لأنها بدت منطقية أكثر من غيرها , وأحدائها شيقة , والصدفة تلعب فيها دور القاتل , لربما ان أكثرت من قراءاتي لسارتر لكنت قد استمتعت بهذا الكتاب أكثر ,
در تاریخ ادبیات مواردی وجود دارد که سبکی با یک داستان کوتاه آغاز شده است . مثل شنل گوگول که رئالیسم روسی را بوجود آورد . اما داستان کوتاه دیوار ، سبکی را بوجود آورد که هنوز که هنوز است در این که آیا این سبک ادبی است یا صرفا ً یک فلسفه ی روایی اختلاف سلیقه وجود دارد : سبک اگزیستانسیالیسم .
دیوار داستان بسیار ساده ای دارد. اصلا ً می توانیم این داستان را آغازگر دوره ای بنامیم که ادبیات مدرن به حذف داستان پرداخت و رمان را به صورتی در آورد که از حالت قصه خارج شود و شکل فیلم نامه به خود بگیرد . دیوار د
This book is a collection of short stories written by Sartre in his early writing career. Of the five stories, my favorites are "The Wall", "The Childhood of a Leader" and "The Bedroom". The other two are not nearly as good, but those three are enough to earn a five-star rating for the book.

Although the stories are short, you still adopt an empathetic feeling towards the characters; they come out live, their angst is real. Sartre's philosophy is hidden inside his literature. The emphasis that ex
Ophan Bunjos

ada dua cara bertenang saat menjelang kematian yang terancang, yakni dihukum tembak mati, sebolehnya jangan terlalu banyak tafakur, bimbang akan lebih jauh nanarnya akal. lu mempersetankan setan, setan mentertawakan lu, jadi bertenang saja. cukup begitu.

satu, pastikan kita terus sihat dan jangan sampai tidak sedar kalau seluar kita sudah basah kerna kita terkencing di dalam seluar. itu sangat memalukan dan melucukan. dari para penembak teruja membunuh, terus tukar haluan dengan mengosongkan pelu
There's a reason that Sartre *is* existentialism. He approaches his subject's angst with a patience and dread that not even Camus can match. The title story is "The Stranger" in 20 pages, with a real ending. The final novella accurately captures the tumultuous youth of an intellectual brute. And the stories in-between capture love, rage, and pity at their ugliest, while at the same time painting them in a disturbingly human light of reason.

"At that moment I felt that I had my whole life in fron
Shahda Mahouk
مجموعة قصص فلسفية تعرض زوايا خفية في النفس الإنسانية من رؤية وجودية ..
أتحفظ قليلاً على الوصف الجنسي الذي تطفح به الرواية .. ( رغم أنني اتفهم جداً السياق الفلسفي الذي يتطلب ذلك ) الجميل في القصص هو فكرة التجاوز ، كأن سارتر يريد أن يقول أن شيئاً ما "سماه الغيمة" يفرق بين الانسان والكون ..
قصص جميلة .. وريشة بارعة ..
Amir Atef
من أي كوكب أتيت لنا يا سارتر ؟ ... وهل كنت تعلم أنه سيكون هناك يومًا ما شخص اسمه أمير عاطف سيكون متيم وأسير لفلسفتك الوجودية ؟!!! من أنت بحق الجحيم؟!!!
في البداية لا أحد يلومني على عشق هذا الرجل قبل أن يقرأ هذا الكتاب الرائع .. المسمى بالجدار
ممممممم ... وأي ريفيو هذا الذي يستطيع وصف ما شعرت به ؟
الفلسفة الوجودية .... أنت إلهها ... كيف جعلتني يا سارتر أقرأ وأنا خائف، جاحظ العينين حابس الأنفاس، كل ثلاثة سطور أشهق فيتدلى فكي السفلي حتى يلامس صدري ؟!!!
شعرت في الجدار أنني سأعدم بعد ست ساعات ... جمدت ا
Hamlet Mkrtchyan
Սիմվոլների միջոցով շատ լավ ա փոխանցվում իռոնիան, ինչը համարյա ամեն տեղ կա։ Էս դեպքում սիմվոլներում շատ ավելի անիմաստություն ու դատարկություն են արտահայտում , քան իմաստ։ Ու դրանով "Պատը" ինձ համար ավելի նիհիլիստական ա, քան էքզիստենցիալ։ Իսկ հայերեն թարգմանությունը շատ լավն էր։
This book was a total surprise to me. I didn’t know it existed. I read Nausea when I was about nineteen and watched the TV adaptation of The Roads to Freedom so I didn’t have to read the novels and somewhere along the line I saw No Exit (probably the TV version with Harold Pinter) but that was me. And then one day I ran across this wee gem: thank you Internet. Okay, it’s dated, but Jane Austen’s dated; you work round it. There wasn’t a single bad piece here although I’m not sure I’d want to rank ...more
Aymn Hayder
هذا الرجل مجنون أو أنه أعقل من اللازم.. عبثي جدا..

و هذا يدفعه الى اعمال لا اخلاقية في قصصه..

حبل الوريد..
طفولة قائد..

لم اافقهها كثيرا.. لكنها تلفتك الى تفاهة الحياة و الوجود.
وهذا ما يقودك اليه الإلحاد

ان تبغض الاخرين و تبغض نفسك.. و ان يكون قتلهم و قتل نفسك. ابسط من او مثل تقليم اظافرك.. لأنهم تافهون!

اجملها الجدار و طفولة قائد، الاجمل و الاطول، التي يمر صاحبها بشتى مراحل الضياع التشوش و العقد النفسية و يجرب انواعا من الاصدقاء حتى يجد صديقه و يجد نفسه.

يقول سارتر.
Bogdan Gavriliuc
Good parts.
I found the prisoner situation of the first story "The Wall" to be fascinating. And Sartre made what I expected to be a cliche ending, quite a well played out one.
I found the final story "The Childhood of a Leader" to give some interesting insights into childrens' thinking and progression of thought as they mature. The antisemitism disgusted me a little but I'll ignore it and focus on the story, and place it simply as a literary tool used for the time period.
I liked the story of Ero
Tak nějak se mi normálně děje, že zapomínám, o čem byly knížky, které jsem četl pár měsíců zpět. To koneckonců z části vysvětluje, proč bookfan otravuji svými příspěvky - abych se za několik roků mohl podívat, co si znovu přečíst nebo k jakému autorovi se uchýlit. Je ovšem poněkud zvláštní, když si přečtete něco, o čem jste přesvědčeni, že to bylo hodně dobré a měli byste si to pamatovat ideálně do konce života, a přesto po tom roce nebo dvou netušíte ani náznakem, o co vlastně šlo. No a tohle j ...more
Penulis : Jean-Paul Sarte
Penerjemah : Dwi Margo Yuwono, Alexandra Wrestirhin, Rini Kusumawati
Penerbit : Jendela ( Cetakan I, 2000 )

Sarte adalah filsuf dan sastrawan Prancis paling populer di Eropa dan banyak menyumbangkan karya dan gagasan dibidang sastra, sosial, budaya dan politik. Dari karya2nya, pemikiran2nya jg gagasan2nya membuat Sarte dikenal sbg filsuf yg beraliran eksistensialisme dan kebebasan. Menurut Sarte manusia adalah kebebasan tanpa dipengaruhi takdir a
إسلام بيومي
أقامت جامعة القاهرة ندوة ل جان بول سارتر مع الدكتور طه حسين
يبدو أن اهتمام جان بول سارتر بالمثلية الجنسية له طبيعة معروفة .. قال طه حسين في وسط كلامه أنه يشكر تلبيه الأديب للشباب وهو يعلم أنه يحب الشباب.. في محاولة من طه حسين لمداعبة عقل الأديب ..
ذكر هذه القصة أنيس منصور في كتابه: في صالون العقاد كانت لنا أيام

في الحقيقة أني أحببت كثيرا القصتين في أول الكتاب.. بعد ذلك انجرف الحديث مطولا عن المثلية. ليس هناك دافعا ل للمعارضة فهو أضاء نقطة في حياة بعض البشر. لكن مستوى القصص التي تلت القصص الأولى ليس
هي مجموعة قصصية لسارتر
استفدت منها في فهم الكثير من أفكاره
وبغض النظر عن بعض الأحداث التي وردت في الروايات
إلا أنها تعد وبحق وسيلة ممتازة لفهم أفكار سارتر
وكما قال العقاد إذا أردت ان تفهم فيلسوفاً ما
اقرأ رواياته وأقرأ نوادره
قيمتها بــ 5 نجمات
لانها أولا بقلم سارتر نفسه
ولعمق الأفكار التي وردت بها
تحتاج لتحليل متأن وعلي مهل
(2.5 stars)

Sartre has some interesting ideas, and his short stories kinda make you think, but overall his writing is stiff and feels like you're reading a philosophical essay in disguise. His characters exist only for him to prove a point; nothing they do feels natural or realistic, but they do get Sartre's message across. If you want to read a collection of 20th century French short stories that don't feel so academic, read Camus's Exile and the Kingdom. Where Sartre writes about his philosophy
Sona Petrossian
Այդ պահին ինձ այնպես թվաց, թե ողջ կյանքս առջևս է եկել, ու մտածեցի. <<Այդ ամենը սուտ էր>>: Կյանքս ոչինչ չարժեր, որովհետև վերջացել էր: Հարց էի տալիս, թե ինչպես կարող էի զբոսնել, աղջիկների հետ սիլիբիլի անել: Ճկույթս անգամ չէի շարժի, եթե մտքովս անցներ, ար այսպես եմ մեռնելու: Կյանքս աչքիս առաջ էր՝ ամփոփ, սեղմ, պարկի մեջ փակված, և սակայն այդ պարկում ինչ որ կար, անավարտ էր: Մի վայրկյան փորձեցի գնահատել ապրածս օրերը: Շատ կուզենայի ասել. գեղեցիկ կյանք էր: Բայց մի՞թե հնարավոր է դատողություն ան ...more
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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, normally known simply as Jean-Paul Sartre, was a French existentialist philosopher and pioneer, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist and critic. He was a leading figure in 20th century French philosophy.

He declined the award of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has ex
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