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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
95 pages
Published 1975 by Hachette (first published 1963)
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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 really liked it  ·  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
Feb 12, 2016 Yasemin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: otobiyografi
Sartre'ın 59 yaşındayken yazdığı özyaşam öyküsüdür bu kitap. Kendi çocukluğuna, özellikle ilk okul ve öncesi yıllara kadar her şeyi net ve çözümlemiş olduğunu görüyoruz.. Üstelik sadece kendi yaşamı değil, anne-baba-dede ve diğer aile üyelerine de aynı itina ile yaklaşır. Babasız büyümüş olan Sartre, annesi ve dedesi ile büyümüştür. Onların gösterdikleri ilgi ve sevgiyi bile eleştiren ve kendisindeki eksik/yanlış yönlerin kaynağının bunlar olduğunu düşündüğü cümleleri çok ilgi çekiciydi. Gerçekt ...more
Erik Graff
Sep 26, 2012 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  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
Jun 18, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kevin Brown
Dec 14, 2014 Kevin Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 20, 2009 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 12, 2013 Izzy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Ghita Benabbou
Et c'est enfin terminé avec "Poulou" .
Le livre m'a accompagné pour une longue période. Ça sera bien la toute première fois que ça va me demander environ deux mois à terminer une lecture d'un livre (200 pages, c'est pas aussi long quand même). Certes, le style y est mais ce n'est pas du tout du genre de livre accrocheur. Même si, il faudra le lire pour connaître Sartre (le petit surtout puisqu'il narre son enfance en plus grande partie). Et c'est bien ce récit autobiographique qui lui a fait méri
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.
Jan 20, 2014 Yvonne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Oct 31, 2010 Darryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Fahima Jaffar
في سيرته الذاتية، يجزيءُ سارتر حياته جزئينَ: القراءة، الكتابة.. في قسمةٍ تبسيطيةٍ وَسردٍ لا تبسيطي. "الكلمات" سردٌ لطفولته بشكلٍ رئيس، وَحياته التي أثّر فيها كثيراً جدِّه لأمه شفايتزر. يتحدّث عن لقائه الأول بالكتب.. افتتانه بأشكالها.. وَكيف اتّخذَ مؤلفوها أشكال كتبهم: مجلّدةً مغبرةً ضخمة. عن بالسينما التي كانت متعةً نادرةً حينها. عن رؤيته للسياسة في أتونِ حربِ فرنسا/ألمانيا. عن طفولته.. لا كعبقريٍّ فذٍّ بل كجانحٍ في الخيال لا ينزع كأي طفلٍ إلى ابتكارِ قصصٍ مصوّرةٍ يكونُ بطلها وَيقحمُ فيها عدداً ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, french
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
Det er fristende å omtale denne boka som pompøst pjatt, men jeg tror at feilen heller er hos meg. Dette er den siste boka Sartre skrev, og da jeg leste boka fikk jeg et veldig klart inntrykk av at jeg nok burde ha lest deler av forfatterskapet hans på forhånd. Ikke fordi det var referanser til det, men da det virker som om denne boka er motivert ut fra et behov Sartre kan ha hatt til å forklare hvorfor han skrev. Dette burde kanskje være det siste jeg leste av Sartre, og ikke det første.

I tilleg
Fuad Alqayev
Jun 15, 2016 Fuad Alqayev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of "The Little Prince". Maybe this similarity seems a bit strange and inappropriate. Only difference is that "The Words" was written more wisdomly than "The Little Prince" and a bit egoistically. When you finish prince's adventures, you have a smiling expression on your face and there's something like sweet feeling inside you. When you start "The Words", it makes you angry because of some of your memories about your childhood you never want to relive. You are able to look b ...more
khatia nebulishvili
Oct 27, 2012 khatia nebulishvili rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Noor Sabah
Aug 09, 2015 Noor Sabah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodness , this is Him :
Jean Paul Sartre !
Sam Schulman
Dec 22, 2009 Sam Schulman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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.

Su e
Mar 20, 2010 Audrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Victor Morosoff
Intialement assez neutre et confuse par apport à d'autres autobiographies des hommes de lettres (envoûtement pour la lecture, découverte de nouveaux mondes toujours innovateurs, etc), la figure de Sartre commence à se détacher peu à peu, à mesure qu'il avance dans le métier, jusqu'à devenir - peut-être un peu trop tard cependant - celle d'un jeune homme qui est conscient de ses dons et de son unicité, serrés par la croyance que tout dans la vie est lié en soi et, de là, lié avec le Saint Esprit. ...more
Reza speed
Dec 07, 2012 Reza speed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2015 Seham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 31, 2014 Ehsan Jafarkhani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.” 124 likes
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