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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  3,656 ratings  ·  181 reviews
In the past twenty years, Jean-Paul Sartre has become the best-known and most influential French writer alive. As a philosopher, as a novelist, as a playwright, as the author of filmscripts, as the editor of Les Temps Modernes, as a man who has never been afraid to commit himself to the moral and political as well as the literary life of his own times, he is unique. Not si ...more
Paperback, Colectia Meridiane, 240 pages
Published 1963 by Editura pentru literatura universala
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Huda Yahya
برغم الترجمة السيئة إلا أنه من أفضل ما قرأت لسارتر
لو أستطيع لجعلت كل عبارة إقتباساً وملأت بها الجودريدز
K.D. Absolutely
Jan 26, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: memoirs, non-fiction
What did Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) and Ernesto “Che” Guevara (1928-1967) have in common?

Prior to reading this book, I did not know that they saw each other when they were both still alive. This is my first book read written by Sartre and three years ago, I read John Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. Before Sartre’s image in my unsophisticated (read: zero knowledge in philosophy) mind was this old professor talking inside his wood-paneled and fully-carpeted office about the thi
Kareman Mohammad
اخيرا خلصتها ... مملة ولم تعجبني
هي عن حياة سارتر ويتكلم بالتفصيل الدقيق عن فترة طفولته وذكرياته مع امه وجده لامه لوفاه والده وهو صغير السن ...
كان شبه منافق ومحتال صغير وساعده جده علي ذلك كان يري انه هبه للجميع وعليهم ان يعاملوه بافضل ما يكون , تعلم القراءة وحُب القصص من جده , عاش داخل كل قصة كان يري الطيور والحشرات ويسمعهم كان يعيش القصص !
أري الكتاب ممل وطريقة السرد غير ممتعة , يكتب عن طفولته بدقة عجيبة وحتي مشاعره وما كان يفكر ويجول بخاطره كأنه بدأ هذا الكتاب وهو صغير
مما أعجبني
• إن الأكثر ت
Erik Graff
Sep 26, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sartre fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
Until this book and except for some of his political writings I've never much liked Sartre. The first exposure to him was in high school through three of his dramas. Read quickly and never seen performed, I wasn't impressed. The second was Nausea, an early novel also read in high school--I couldn't finish it. The third, in college, was the collection, Essays on Existentialism. I found myself in profound disagreement with his take on depth psychology. The fourth, in seminary, was Being and Nothin ...more

This 200 pages book hides inside a 10 000 pages literary text. How is this possible one could ask? I have no freaking idea! This is why Sartre is Sartre I guess. Erratum, that sentence should have stated this is why Sartre the Great is Sartre the Great as I have decided to "literary" refer to him from now on. Reviewing "the words" could lead to the writing of a 100 PhD dissertations and a lot more essays. I have been struggling to write something about it
Kevin Brown
I don't remember where I read about this book and why whatever I read motivated me to read it, but I wish that person some small sort of suffering now that I have finished. I spent much of this book wondering if Sartre's life was boring or if it was simply his writing. I think I have concluded that it was both. I like his philosophy and No Exit, but this book didn't know what it was supposed to be. Most autobiographies focus on what happened, then reflect on those events. Sartre does it backward ...more
Un libro para conocer la infancia de Jean-Paul Sartre: cómo era su familia, su relación con su mamá-niña, su época, su amor por los libros y cómo eso le condujo a escribir... Y por supuesto que muchas cosas más, entre las cuáles destacan unas profundas reflexiones.¿Cómo no? Debe ser tan difícil escribir acerca de tí mismo en retrospectiva... Y a mi parecer, Sartre lo ha hecho de una manera ejemplar: ya no sólo por lo que cuenta, sino por cómo lo cuenta.
Otro libro de esos que "hay" que leer.
Noor Sabah
Goodness , this is Him :
Jean Paul Sartre !
This shit is pretty good. Sartre is smart. What more can i say? This is about his childhood. i dont know how he remembers so much shit. maybe he is a robot? maybe i am a robot? the key here: sartre is an awesome writer. Thats enough.
روان طلال
أمام سيرة مسرودة بكل هذا الجمال والصدق، كاشفة عن العقبات والمخاوف الأوليّـة، فلن يكون أمامك كقارئ إلا أن تزداد تورطا بسارتر. وعتبي الوحيـد كان على الترجمة السيئة.
This book is an awesome display of the deeply literary and ‘religious’—religious in the sense of considering all the world and one’s self to be profoundly significant and purposive in every part— nature of Sartre. It explains so much about him. The title, The Words, refers to the way he attached a supremely high value in the first half of his life to reading, writing, and being read. This is an autobiographical account of his first ten years of life which were so formative for his adult life. I ...more
Jean-Paul Sartre's autobiography was published in English in 1964, the year that he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and it focuses on his early childhood and the influences that led to his decision to become a writer.

Sartre's father died when he was an infant; as a result he and his mother Anne-Marie moved back into her parents' house on the edge of Paris. As an only child, the young Jean-Paul was nurtured and sheltered by his mother and his grandparents, and his greatest influence as
Κατερίνα Μαλακατέ
«Ήθελα να είναι ένας αποχαιρετισμός στη λογοτεχνία και την ωραία λογοτεχνική γραφή. Ήθελα οι άνθρωποι που θα το διαβάσουν να βρεθούν παρασυρμένοι σε ένα είδος αμφισβήτησης της λογοτεχνίας από την ίδια την λογοτεχνία». Αυτά μας λέει ο Σαρτρ στη συνέντευξη που παρατίθεται στο επίμετρο του βιβλίου. Έγραψε τις «Λέξεις» με λογοτεχνικότητα γιατί ήθελε να απαλλαγεί από αυτή, να δείξει πως η λογοτεχνικότητα έχει πεθάνει. Μιλούσε ο φιλόσοφος μέσα του ο λογοτέχνης κατάφερε εντελώς το αντίθετο, γράφοντας τ ...more
In terms of its style and craft of writing, this autobiography may well be unequaled. The prose is perfect, beautiful and brilliant. The depth of thought in the self-analysis, the clarity of the examination and the honesty, is also brilliant. A lot of the references to Sartre’s childhood reading material went over my head, unfortunately. But that’s minor; I was still awed by his insight and style. Sartre says elsewhere that this is not an apology or a self-repudiation, although it may seem so. I ...more
Considering the months it took me to finish this book I must conclude I was incredibly bored with it. I read it for a course on autobiographical works throughout history and to put it frankly the wit of the 'pre-medieval guys' by far surpassed this depressing text.
khatia nebulishvili
i liked it so much,that now when someone asks me: "please tell me what to read" my answer is: "the words"...cause it's amazing :)
Tiago Germano
Sartre devia ser uma criança insuportável, e um dos méritos de sua autobiografia literária é, sem dúvida, nos despertar outros sentimentos além da pura antipatia pelo pequeno cínico que ele foi (ou quis nos fazer acreditar que foi) na infância. Comovente mesmo é pensarmos no filósofo em sua maturidade, único pai do filho que ele chegou a ser, reencontrando este passado ambíguo e procurando nele um futuro além de si: como seria interpretado em 2013, ele se pergunta então, "quando estariam de poss ...more
Sam Schulman
Odd that I had not been aware of the existence of this memoir of his childhood until a chance reference in a book. There are two parts: Reading and Writing. Reading is wonderful, Writing is abysmal. Reading is one of the greatest descriptions of what it feels like to be a child who is loved, even adored and worshipped, by intelligent, educated parents - while being in fact merely above average, like thousands of others - and allowing oneself to be persuaded of one's excellence before one has ear ...more
Jan 20, 2008 Beverly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people already interested in existentialism and Sartre
In 1964 Jean-Paul Sartre declined the Nobel Prize in Literature. Also, in 1964, his short autobiography, Les Mots ( The Words), was published. In it he writes: "never have I thought that I was the happy possessor of a 'talent'...what remains? A whole man, composed of all men and as good as all of them and no better than any."

There are only two chapters in this short, 160 page book: Reading and Writing. The first chapter begins with a few pages on his family background and then goes on to cove
Oliver Twist & Shout
En un principio Sartre empieza a escribir para recobrar la admiración que gozaba en su primera infancia. Luego, cuando toma contacto con otros niños, para compensar su debilidad corporal y, en el fondo, obtener una posición de poder. "La naturaleza habla y la experiencia traduce", escribe, lo que creo que quiere decir que el tiempo pulimos los impulsos. En su caso particular pasa de esas fantasías heroícas de salvador de la humanidad a querer salvarse a sí mismo. A mí me suena a generalidad.

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Sartre has a clear-eyed view of his family, and I can appreciate the way he can dissect them (and himself) so cleanly, straight to the bone. He has no problem passing cold judgments on his family and their bourgeois values. I enjoyed reading it (especially the first part where he skewers them), but his merciless analysis made me feel he must have been a pretty cold fish.

There's a tension to this book because Sartre reports the feelings of a toddler, but with the insight and expectations and jud
Reza speed
کتاب کلمات شرح حال زندگی خود ژان پل سارتر است. کلمات گونهای حسب حال نامتعارف است که عوالم درونی سارتر کودک را در دو قلمرو در هم تنيده خواندن و نوشتن به تصوير می کشد و چگونگی تأثير اين فرايند را در زندگی انديشمندانه سارتر بزرگ سال شرح میدهد . سارتر در اين اثر، سلوک ذهنیاش را به شيوهای گاه سهل ممتنع، گاه بسيار دشوار، شگفت انگيز و در عين حال دلربا بيان میکند . حيات اين اثر ادبی همانند ساير آثار ادبی، از خلال ترجمه های متعدّد آن در زبانها و در زمانهای مختلف تجلّی و ادامه می يابد. اين اثر با توجه به ...more
الكلمات...تلك الاحرف المتراقصة على الاسطر...الينبوع والمعين.. تجف في حلقي لتنسكب مني كتابة ولا يحيد بها عن الطريق سوى كرم المحتد...أو الغضب الجسور.....أحيطوني بصحف بيضاء...وسأموت في الحال.
جان بول سارتر في كتابه هذا يكتب بكلماته المنتقاة وبأسلوبه المذهل عن طفولته, أدق ذكرياته عن جده ووالدته مشيرا الى كليهما بأسمائهما المطلقة, عن عم منبوذ وصورة واجهت الحائط وعن والد لم يلتقيه وارث من كتب بيعت دون حسرة.
هنا جان بول سارتر يكشف عن نفسه بلا مواربة فقد كان الطفل المدلل, الهبة والواهب نفسه بغية اسعاد غي
Ehsan Jafarkhani
کتاب کلمات نوشته ژان پل سارتر و ترجمه ناهید فروغان یک زندگینامه ی خودنوشت از سارتر مییاشد که آن را در سن 59 سالگی به رشته تحریر درآورده است. در این کتاب با تعابیر بسیار زیبایی مواجه میشویم به گونه ای که این ذهنیت را القا مینماید که نویسنده قصد داشته هنر و توانایی خود را به رخ بکشد که این امر واقعا کتاب را خواندنی نموده است ام آنجه جلوه ای وبژه و خاص به کتاب حاضر میدهد و انسان را متحیر مینماید جسارت فوق العاده ای است که نوبسنده در شرح زندگی خود به خرج میدهد و از بیان هیچ چیز واهمه ای ندارد که چنی ...more
Reading “Words” by Jean-Paul Sarte, I think, could be a bit hypnotizing and of course rewarding due to his innumerable seemingly never-ending paragraphs, for instance, we find that the opening paragraph alone covers 3 pages and 2 lines (pp. 9-12). Such a lengthy narration essentially implies his formidable stature as “a French existentialist philosopher and pioneer, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist and critic”. ( However, his readers are recommended t ...more
'I hate my childhood and all that remains of it,' announces Sartre ponderously. Another one from the arch-whiner.

Sartre was sitting in a cafe when a waitress approached him: "Can I get you something to drink, Monsieur Sartre?"
Sartre replied, "Yes, I'd like a cup of coffee with sugar, but no cream".
Nodding agreement, the waitress walked off to fill the order and Sartre returned to working. A few minutes later, however, the waitress returned and said, "I'm sorry, Monsieur Sartre, we are all out of
For a long time, I took my pen for a sword; I now know we're powerless. No matter. I write and will keep writing books; they're needed; all the same, they do serve some purpose. Culture doesn't save anything or anyone, it doesn't justify. But it's a product of man: he projects himself into it, he recognizes himself in it; that critical mirror alone offers him his image. Moreover, that old, crumbling structure, my imposture, is also my character: one gets rid of a neurosis, one doesn't get cured ...more
It's brilliant! At first I thought that this would be Sartre's most mediocre work. Autobiography for a prodigy child is boring even written with the self-irony and condescension which I like so much in Sartre's works. The thing is, this is not an autobiography for a prodigy child, but for senescent men found immortality while living. It's an epitaph written by its owner. You can say that there isn't anything extraordinary about it, since so many others have tried to immortalised themselves throu ...more
J'ai adoré ce livre. Sa vie était racontée d'une manière poétique. Je comprends le choix du titre. Toute sa vie, Sartre a vécu entouré par les mots. Il a pratiquement commencé à vivre quand il a commencé à lire. J'ai vraiment aimé lire son histoire. Il m'a redonné l'envie d'écrire.
I personally love Sartre so for me this was an extremely enjoyable read, though I did read it in spanish so I don't know what the english translation is like. Divided into two parts, the first talks about his infancy and his relationship with books and the importance of being in his own imaginary world. The second part is about his later years and about his writing. He has a beautiful prose and is extremely detailed in his thoughts and opinions of the world and life in general. He can recall man ...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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“I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple.” 103 likes
“I confused things with their names: that is belief.” 44 likes
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