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'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 1938)
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Alex
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...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.)
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
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
...more
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.
Fewlas
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...more
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
Arlina
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...more
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...more
Alexei
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
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...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...more
Sarar
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 ,
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...more
Joe
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...more
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։
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...more
Ali
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...more
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...more
gauldy
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
Ririenz
KUMCER – DINDING ( Le Mur )
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...more
Morgane
(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...more
Fernanda
Este es un libro con relatos de tintes psicológicos muy detallados. Me sorprende el excelente trabajo que ha realizado Sartre con estos relatos. Los personajes están muy bien detallados y su perfil psicológico es de lo más acertado y creíble. Los relatos me traen con un aire ligero el recuerdo de los cuentos de Milan Kundera. Sartre hace un hermoso uso de los personajes para demostrar sus teorías. De ahí me recuerda principalmente a Kundera. Aunque para tal caso, Kundera tiene tintes de Sartre.

E...more
K
Jean-Paul Sartre has never been one to give in to censorship or leave his political beliefs at the door; and it's precisely this thorough sense of integrity that seeps through The Wall, a short story following three men in the night before their execution for rebellion. Exploring the dark corners of the human mind and soul, conflicting survival with ideological imperatives, not afraid of being judgmental, Sartre is forcing everyone to look at themselves in the mirror and wonder who would die in...more
Ramiro Grivot
Não tenho comigo o livro, uma edição antiga de uma editora de que não me recordo e que muito provavelmente não o edita mais. Sobre o primeiro conto dessa coletânea há muito o que dizer da brutal sinceridade com que o ser humano é tratado. Não creio que possa acrescentar algo à própria leitura do conto em relação à experiência vivida pela personagem e à reação que ela é capaz de produzir. O que pode ser feito é tratar da perspectiva com que Sartre toma o ser humano em sua condição onde o limite d...more
علی
دیوار (1939) مجموعه ی داستان های بهم مرتبط اند که اینجا و آنجا حاوی فلسفه ی اگزیستانسیالیسم اند. داستان کوتاه "دیوار" یک بار توسط صادق هدایت به فارسی برگردانده شده و بار دیگر، توسط ابوالحسن نجفی ترجمه و در مجموعه داستان "نویسندگان معاصر فرانسه" 1366، منتشر شده است.

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Marat M. Yavrumyan
Կարդացվեց մեկ շնչով՝ հաշվի առնելով նաև ծավալը։ Հիանալի պատմվածք է։ Պարզ էր վաղուց, որ ամեն ինչ չէ, որ տրամաբանված է կյանքում, պարզվում է, շատ բան նաև անհեթեթ է։ Երբեմն կյանքն է անհեթեթ, երբ քեզ «պատին են դեմ տալիս» ։) Ի դեպ, պատմվածքը կա նաև հայերեն էլեկտրոնային գրքի (ebook) տեսքով՝ ԱՅՍՏԵՂ։
Erica
Le Mur is a collection of short stories by Sartre, the english version is called "the wall". These are some of my favorite short stories in french literature. He really gets you in the head of his characters and through them you can feel Sartre's existentialism. Also, the stories are just good and interesting to read.
Davide Genco
Cinque finestre sull'esistenza. 5 racconti di Sartre, il primo dei quali dá il titolo al volume. E se in effetti il muro é in primo luogo letterale nel racconto di origine, la metafora é ben nitida anche nelle storie successive, che mettono in scena dei personaggi messi di fronte a delle scelte che consentirebbero loro di oltrepassare una condizione sociale, affettiva, esistenziale di cui sono consapevolmente o meno schiavi. Sia quei personaggi che agiranno, sia quelli che desisteranno, non rius...more
Maram Alawad
هذه الرواية تجعلك تفكر .. وأنا أحب الكتب التي يدس فيها الكاتب افكاره داخل رؤوسنا بعبقرية
سارتر يكتشف ابعادا اخرى في النفس ، هناك خمس شخصيات اساسية مختلفة هنا
لكن جميعها تؤثر فيك ولابد تجد فيها شبها منك !
(أنا قرأت الرواية المترجمة وهي في 224 صفحة ب 5 قصص)

أعجبتني كثيرا فكرة القصة الثانية : فتاة أخبت شخصا وتزوجته قم أصيب بالجنون
كل من حولها شعر بانها تهدر شبابعا معه وان عليها التخلي عنه
لكنها لا تجرؤ على ذلك رغمثقتها ان هذا المجنون سيتدلى فكه بعد عام
ولن يكون ذا جدوى .. الخ، انها أحبته وهي لا تنسى ذلك

ا...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...more
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