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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
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Published 1975 by Hachette (first published 1943)
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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...more
Huda Yahya
برغم الترجمة السيئة إلا أنه من أفضل ما قرأت لسارتر
لو أستطيع لجعلت كل عبارة إقتباساً وملأت بها الجودريدز
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...more
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 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.
کلمات ، خودسرگذشت نامه ایست که سارتر در 59 سالگی، در شروع کهنسالی، در مورد ده سال آغازین زندگی خود نوشته است. در واقع سارتر با بازپردازی کودکی خود به تحلیل شخصیتی خود می پردازد.

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سارتر، کودک یتیم، بی پدر، نبود پدر خود را چنین توصیف می کند:

مرگ ژان باتیست بزرگترین رویداد زندگی ام بود، چون مادرم را دوباره به اسارت افکند و به من آزادی بخشید.

پدر خوب وجود ندارد، این قاعده است؛ از این بابت نباید مردان را سرزنش کرد بلکه باید از رابطه پدری که فاسد است، شاکی بود. هیچ چیز بهت
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...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...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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 توج...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
'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...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.
Horia Bura
It's funny that I finished reading this book exactly on Sartre's 109th anniversary. Funny because I didn't like "The Words" better than "Nausea" and I understand this coincidence as a sign that I should never ever read any of Sartre's other works. This mini autobiography which refers more the author's childhood is full of trivial events (you could hardly call them "events"), it's written in a wordy style and it becomes gradually even annoying by Sartre's tendency and temptation of autoanalyzing...more
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 :)
انسان محکوم به آزادی است
Andrew Olsen
Like Nausea, The Words gives life to it's title from the playful beginning, to the end, Jean-Paul Sartre wrote himself as a story book character in his own life. Because the beginning of his life was governed by words, the end of his life was governed by words, and now all we have now that he's gone is the character sketch he left us outlined and determined by all the words he left behind.

Thus while reading it I discovered that the modern day reader has been spoiled with fast moving, lightly dev...more
Peter Janke
Je viens de terminer ma lecture de cette autobiographie et l'ai trouvée pour la plupart fort intéressante (et pour mon niveau de français pas trop difficile). De temps à autre j'ai lu la même page dans la traduction anglaise par Bernard Frechtman—sans avoir compris beaucoup plus qu'avant. Le livre offre des idées sur l'éducation et la vie de Jean-Paul Sartre, mais je dois dire que je préfère ses romans et ses pièces de théâtre, et comme autobiographie, celle de Vladimir Nabokov, "Parle Mémoire."
Jeremiah Tillman
Supposedly the best book Sartre had ever written, according to Sartre himself. The Words accounts for Sartre's childhood until age ten. Yet Sartre imbues all of his old philosophical tricks into his childhood, thus to suggest that he had formulated his major philosophical ideas this early on. Or at least that is the conclusion Sartre absolutely leads his reader to during the duration of this "autobiography".

I think that the first reaction to The Words is sheer disbelief as to how he remembered...more
p. 119
Hakkasin ennast avastama. Ma polnud peaaegu midagi, kõige paremal juhul tegutsemistahe, millel puudus sisu, aga sellest piisas. Pääsesin komöödia tegemisest, ma ei töötanud veel, aga ma ei mänginud enam, valetaja leidis oma tõe oma valede kunstilises kujundamises. Olen sündinud kirjutamisest, enne seda olid vaid vastupeegeldused; oma esimesest romaanist peale ma teadsin, et peegelpaleesse on astunud laps. Kirjutades olin ma olenas, leidsin varju suurte inimeste eest; aga ma olin olemas ain...more
Roman autoreferential in doua parti: Cititul; Scrisul.
Carte a copilariei sale, petrecute cu bunicul Charles Schweitzer si mama Anne-Marie. Se autoportretizeaza cu luciditate si duritate, constient de influenta asupra celorlalti: "J'avais la larme facile et le coeur dur."
Se declara un existentialist, aspirind la identificarea individului cu Omul: "Tout un homme fait de tous les hommes et qui les vaut tous et que vaut n'importe qui."

"M-am nascut din scris: inainte de scris nu exista decit un joc d...more
Elizabeth Pyjov
At the beginning : Sartre has a great feel for language, the French phrases roll deliciously, lightly, with ease, and he also has lots of haughty personality.... for which he is easily likable.

In the middle: Now as I read I find Les Mots overall disappointing. Sartre is so self-involved. That part is still amusing, but becoming less and less so. A

Phrases I like from "Les Mots", chronologically:

Hilariously harsh!: ''Anne-Marie le soignait avec dévouement, mais sans pousser l'indécence jusqu'à l'...more
Lara S
Comme toujours, cet auteur ne déçoit jamais.
Autobiographie qui dépeint la vie de Sartre de sa naissance à ses dix/onze ans et plus particulièrement de son entrée dans le monde de la littérature et de l’écriture, le livre est scindé en deux partie : 'Lire' et 'Ecrire'.
On serait presque étonné de l'exactitude des évènements et pensées que Sartre nous offre. Certaines réflexions paraissent même incroyables pour un enfant de 9 ans. Sartre doute lui-même: "Ce que je viens d’écrire est faux. Vrai. N...more
"Boxed in, pulled together, touching my tomb with one hand and my cradle with the other, I felt brief and splendid, a flash of lightning that was blotted out by darkness.”

A memoir of an exquisitely self-conscious childhood, written by a man remembering with an unflinching eye the little boy he was from the inside, his relationships with reading, writing, and the people who shaped him. Turned to stone in the Medusa's gaze of others, he believes his fate to be a writer is sealed by the adults arou...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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“I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple.” 57 likes
“I confused things with their names: that is belief.” 36 likes
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