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Jean-Paul Sartre, the great French existentialist, displays his mastery of drama in NO EXIT, an unforgettable portrayal of hell.
The play is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. It is the source of Sartre's especially famous and often misinterpreted quotation "L'enfer, c'est les autre
Paperback, 60 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Samuel French, Inc. (first published 1944)
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As a function of pure entertainment, Sartre's No Exit is brilliant. Ironically, Sartre uses almost-pure dialogue to "show not tell" the dilemma faced by Garcin, Inez, and Estelle, three "absentees" (a euphemism for "the dead") locked into a room, condemned to be together for eternity. Each has arrived here for different reasons, but all three possess qualities that bring out the worst in the others. Rather than the traditional hellish tropes of horned demons and hell-fire, this play evokes more ...more
mai ahmd
مسرحية فلسفية وجودية تشكل وجهة نظر سارتر عن الآخر
الآخر الذي نعيش معه ونحسب له كل الحسابات إما حبا خوفا أو احتراما
أو ربما أسبابا أخرى .. سارتر يرى أن وجود الإنسان مرتبط بالآخر
لكن تلك العلاقات دائما ما يشوبها الخوف والحذر والتوجس
تدور أحداث المسرحية في إحدى غرف جهنم حيث يلقى بها ثلاثة أشخاص
لا يعرفون بعضهم البعض ليعيشوا عالم الآخر دون القدرة على الفرار منه
هذه المسرحية ذات فكرة مجنونة نوعا ما خاصة في إطلالة شخصياتها على ما يحدث في الأرض بعد الموت
وفي مواجهة بين شخوصها
ثلاثة أشخاص لا يعرفون بعضهم
This play gave me a wonderful idea for my next photography project and another view of hell. Every time I pick up something by existentialist authors, I’m reminded of how much they closely border upon my thoughts on life. The play centers around three characters who are trapped in a room after being dead for several hours and begin conversing about each other’s idea of why they’ve landed there which they think is essentially the hell. They bicker, fight and hate each other and we come to see how ...more
Olivia Thomas
We've often heard the cliche "Hell is other people", but no one has ever taken the saying more literally than Jean-Paul Sartre in 'No Exit'. The play opens on Garcin, a man damned for eternity. He is lead to a plain room with no mirrors or beds, only three couches and poor decorating. Like the two women that arrive after him, Inez and Estelle, he wonders why there are no torturing devices in Hell as expected. However, once the three start in conversation, they realize that they have been chosen ...more
I read No Exit in English and French and saw the play while studying in France. In par with Sartre's idea of freedom, we create heaven and hell today, in this life on earth, by other's judgments of our acts. "Hell is the other", the phrase encapsulating heaven and hell, I found quite to the point. The 'other's' eyes pierce into my head, judging and shaping who I am, which I must escape, through my freedom to choose. No Exit is a simple and yet powerful play, which defined Petan's (northeren) Fra ...more
Al Grey

جلسة سرية .. أو قصة لا مفر .. ربّاه ، الفيلسوف الوجودي سارتر عرّف الجحيم الحقيقي في هذه القصة القصيرة
" الجحيم هو الآخرون .. و العذاب الحقيقي ليس الجلد ولا الضرب ، و إنما عذاب العقل "

امرأتان و رجل ، يعيشون للأبد مع بعضهم داخل الجحيم ، ولا مفر ، قصة مُقلقة ، و جميلة

تستطيع مشاهدتها إن لم تستطع قراءة تلك الصفحات البالية :
Petra X
Dec 21, 2014 Petra X is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
One day, aged nearly 16 I was an observant, Orthodox Jew. I enjoyed the ritual, I enjoyed the scholarship, I submerged myself in the study of Rashi, the Ramban, Talmud and Torah and boys. Then I read Iron in the Soul and the next day I had started to think for myself. I've been an existentialist ever since. (view spoiler)
Vipassana Vijayarangan
Hell is other people!

That statement is beyond doubt the most famous of Satre's. However, it is only after one is acquainted with No Exit does one realise how grossly misinterpreted that statement is. In the context of this play, the statement is not misanthropic. It highlights a symptom of the condition that is life. Perhaps this quote, where Estelle peers into the eyes of Inez for the lack of a mirror, characterizes Satre's iconic quote better.

Your scare me rather. My reflection in the glass ne
Apr 28, 2010 §-- rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: plays
The version I read didn't have 4 plays. In fact, I read an online version:

A brilliant examination of hell. It's more difficult than it looks to write effectively about damnation. I think the most common quote of this book--"hell is other people"--is misunderstood. It makes more sense when taken in context--spoken by a damned soul, a soul so selfish, so unrepentant that to it hell really IS other people. All of the characters in this play are completely in
Manohar Lal Solanki
Jean-Paul Sartre, an existensialst, a philosopher, a novelist etc. His idea of hell is very much similar to the idea of Shakespeare. Shakespeare has quoted once, " All the devils of hell are on the earth". This novel goes on the same bottom line where he depicts a picture of hell, in which he shows three peoples who dies, and then they enters the hell. There were two ladies and one man. All the three peoples were kept in a same room. There was nothing else in the room except few paintings. There ...more
بسام عبد العزيز
ليست مجرد الصيحة الشهيرة "الجحيم هو الآخرون" و لكنها مشكلة حرية الإنسان و إرادته..

حتى لو كانت الصيحة تعبر عما يريد أن يقوله سارتر بشكل مباشر لكن نظرة أخرى للمسرحية نجد العديد من الأفكار الأخري..

فالجحيم ليس فقط هم الآخرون.. و لكن الجحيم هو الحياة نفسها.. العذاب هو بالفعل واقع على الأحياء الآن دونما الحاجة إلى انتظار إلى ما بعد الموت.. فبالرغم من أن المسرحية تدور احداثها في قلب الجحيم إلا ان كل ما فيها يقول أنها تتحدث عن الحياة..

الفكرة التي جذبتني بشدة .. أقصد فكرة حرية الإرادة .. نجد سارتر يقول
Hussam Nabil
مسرحيه وجوديه من 80 صفحه تقريبا و هي تناقش فكرة الآخر في الفلسفه الوجوديه و الآخر في الوجوديه لا يمكن أن يكون سوى عدو لك فهو ينتن لك عالمك بحكم وجوده و يسلبك من ذاتك و يمنعك من تحقيق فرديتك
و هي تحكي عن ثلاثه أشخاص ماتوا و ذهبوا الى الجحيم و لكن لصدمتهم لم يكن هناك في الجحيم نار أو أدوات و غرف تعذيب . حبسوا في الغرفه و بدأت تتذارب ذاتياتهم
و في النهايه صرخ جارسان معلنا مغزى المسرحيه حيث قال : الجحيم هو الآخرين
Brilliant! The hell as we have probably never imagined it. Perhaps the first piece of existentialist writing that didn't literally give me a headache. Really, something to get back to every now and then.
Ken Moten
Jan 01, 2014 Ken Moten rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ken by: William Barrett
"This bronze. Yes, now's the moment; I'm looking at this thing on the mantelpiece, and I understand that I'm in hell. I tell you, everything's been thoughtout beforehand. They knew I'd stand at the fireplace stroking this thing of bronze, with all those eyes intent on me. Devouring me. What? Only two of you? I thought there were more; many more. So this is hell. I'd never have believed it. You remember all we were told about the torture-chambers, the fire and brimstone, the burning marl, Old wiv ...more
Perhaps the most clever play written by Sartre, this one-act scene dramatically illustrates the causal link between choices made by man during his lifetime, and facing the repercussions thereafter. Contrary to human understanding wherein the only form of punishment envisioned is corporal, Sartre ventures into the realms of our ethical and moral dilemmas surfacing amidst our helplessness to conquer them anymore in the afterlife. Taking an absolutely different spin on our common understanding of " ...more
I read this mostly because it inspired my favorite Twilight Zone episode. (Guess!)

Genius. That's all I have to say.

And whoever wrote all over this library book actually provided some insight. So…thank you? I guess?
It was strange, but the setup was nice and it was a really, really interesting concept that I now kind of want someone to write a (good) full-length novel about.
Amr Hassan

مسرحية فلسفية تحكي عن ثلاث اشخاص ماتوا وذهبوا الى الجحيم لاخطاء فعلوها فى حياتهم وكانوا معتقدين ان سوف يتعذبوا بأدوات تعذيب ولكن لم يجدوا ادوات تعذيب وتعذبوا بسبب تعاملهم او تقبلهم لبعض
لذلك قال فى نهايةا لرواية الجحيم هو الاخرون

وممكن يكون قصده حرية الانسان فى الدنيا وانه مش مخير وكل شئ معد مسبقا فالانسان ملوش اى اختيار
او ان حتى الانسان لما يموت ويروح للجحيم مستمر فى اخطائه وعدم اهتمامه باى شخص غير نفسه
ممكن حتى قصده ان التعذيب ممكن يكون بحاجات بسيطة مش شرط ادوات تعذيب زي موضوع المرأة
او انهم ممكن

I've read this play some years ago in highschool for the first time. Even then I thought it a masterpiece. Mostly, because at the end of the story you do not close the covers and put the book back on a shelf, then forget all about it and move on with your life. No, it makes you think. Is there an afterlife? Is there a heaven and hell? And what would it look like?...

J.P.Sartre's portrayal of hell is the one that got to me most. Hell is other people? It couldn't be worst to be put inside an exit-l
"Hell is other people." This play is absolutely hilarious, because it puts such an interesting spin on our concept of Hell and the tortures awaiting those of us who are heading there in the afterlife. The idea that two people can drive you absolutely batshit is incredibly resonant, especially when compared to the fact that you can also drive those two people absolutely batshit in turn. Isn't it our interactions with others that make us so angry in our daily lives? And isn't it true that alone, t ...more
فاطمة عبد السلام

كانت قرائتي لها على انها المسرحية فقط
وكان تقييمي 3 نجوم لا غير
للفكرة فقط فالترجمة كانت سيئة
عن تصور سارتر للجحيم
والذي ليس بالضرورة ان يكون نارا وأداوت تعذيب
من الممكن ان يتعذب الانسان بكونه كائن بشري بأساليب اخرى
كونه يعرف ما يدور حوله على الارض ولا يستطيع المشاركة
بتواجده ليرد عنه اتهام او غيبة
او حتى لإصلاح وضع ما خطأ
او أن يعذب امرأة بعدم وجود مرآة
لتتأكد من ان شكلها على ما يرام
أو ان يحبس ثلاثة معاً
يعرفون كل شيء عن بعضهم البعض
من ضعف وحماقات وجرائم ارتكبوها
وعليهم التأقلم مع هذا !

اما عند قرائتي لقصة ا
Aici găsit-am celebrul dicton sartrian:

Nu-i nevoie de flăcări şi de smoală, infernul sunt ceilalţi.

Apoi, m-am gândit ce cool şi captivant este Infernul lui Dante faţă de iadul lui Sartre. Chiar şi personajul Garcin îşi doreşte cu disperare cazanul cu smoală şi fierul înroşit decât să petreacă eternitatea cu cele două colege ale lui.

Şi, nu în ultimul rând, mi-am amintit de un personaj din Crimă şi Pedeapsă de Dostoievski. El îşi închipuia iadul ca o cameră întunecoasă fără uşi şi ferestre în car
«فقط شما دو نفر هستید ؟ فکر می کردم بیشتر باشید. پس جهنم این است. غیر ممکن بود باور کنم... یادتان هست: سرب، خرمن هیزم، کلاه آهنی مشبک ... چه مزخرفاتی. اصلن نیاز به کلاه آهنی مشبک نیست، جهنم، یعنی دیگران!»

یکی از نمایشنامه های فوق العاده ی ژان پل سارتر.
به عقیده ژان پل سارتر: «وقتی روابط مان خراب است، کاملن وابسته به داوری دیگران هستیم. و بعد عملن در جهنمیم. عده ی زیادی انسان در جهان وجود دارد، که در جهنم اند، زیرا بسیار وابسته به داوری دیگران اند.»
آنجا که گارسین مستأصل می گوید : «چکار دیگری می تو
Ahmed Osama
الجحيم هو الآخرون - جحيم العقل و نظرات الناس لنا - الألم الجسدي أقل سطوة و قوة من ألم النفس ، و العذاب في هذا الجحيم لا يوجد به نار و قيود ، الآخرون و العقل فقط
Mohamed Fawzy
نسخة صوتية من إنتاج الإذاعة المصرية.
محمود حسني

فيه كتب مينفعش تحكي عنها .. لازم تتقري . الكتاب دا منهم :)

i've been wanting to read this play forever because its design of hell sounded interesting. forever came, and, well, this play leaves something to be desired. these characters are flat. especially the "slimy" estelle. the plot could've benefited from more fleshed out damaged souls, indeed. i need another existential philosopher to take this plot to the next level.

"l'enfer, c'est les autres"; or, "hell is other poeple" is the famous line from the play that wikipedia says most people, like m
Billie Pritchett
This is the Sartre play that made famous the line "Soylent Green is made of people." Well, not really. I do not think I am spoiling anything by saying that the play takes place in a kind of hell with three characters, one man and two women. They are all there for various reasons. The play spends a few lines extolling existentialist philosophy and maybe surprisingly to you some traditional virtues like courage and honesty. The characters spend most of their time trying to find out why they are th ...more
Antariksa Akhmadi
Neraka adalah orang lain.

Kalimat di atas lebih-kurang adalah rangkuman dari naskah drama ini. Sayangnya, mungkin banyak yang menyalahartikan pernyataan tersebut sebagai penolakan akan keberadaan orang lain. Alasannya jelas: mereka yang menyalahartikan kutipan itu tidak pernah membaca naskah dramanya!

Di bagian awal drama satu babak ini, kita melihat seorang bernama Garcin diantarkan oleh seorang pelayan ke sebuah ruangan. Garcin, yang mati sebagai pengkhianat dan peselingkuh, yakin bahwa tempat y

Meine Meinung
Ich finde es zugegebenermaßen sehr schwierig, Klassiker zu bewerten. Natürlich stehe ich dazu, wenn mir ein Werk nicht gefallen hat, aber ich zweifle häufig auch an meiner Leseart. Habe ich vielleicht überlesen, was der Autor vermitteln will? Bin ich zu schlecht im Interpretieren? Oder bin ich einfach zu jung, um das Buch gut zu finden? Was Buchkritiken angeht, bin ich ein Laie, das ist mir bewusst. Doch auch wenn die Zweifel da sind, möchte ich es mir nicht nehmen lassen, hier auch
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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.

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“I'm going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.” 1872 likes
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