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Talking with Sartre: Conversations and Debates

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What would it be like to be privy to the mind of one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers? John Gerassi had just this opportunity; as a child, his mother and father were very close friends with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, and the couple became for him like surrogate parents. Authorized by Sartre to write his biography, Gerassi conducted a long series o ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Yale University Press (first published 2009)
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I just finished the most enjoyable book I've read in some time. Political scientist John Gerassi's father, Fernando, was one of Jean-Paul Sartre's closest friends, and Gerassi grew up as a member of what Simone de Beauvoir referred to as "the family."

At the end of Sartre's life, Gerassi, by then an American, had an extended series of conversations with Sartre that form the body of this book. It's a wonderful reflection on the intellectual, cultural, and historical issues that were central to the
A summary. Episodes of personal encounters. Hints and clues of the man and his works. A picture of a flawed hero. Or a heroic flaw?

The following passage is taken from a "farewell" column written on the time of Sartre's death by the same author:

Fail through we may, we try to face our situation and overcome our anxieties by leading authentic lives in committing ourselves to our projects and to our fellow human beings. Understanding that we can never escape our background, our heritage, our time a
Daniel Viramontes
A very interesting longitudinal interview with Sartre - the draw here is not the philosophy (though there is definitely a bit of that), but more so the history involved. Getting a glimpse into not just Sartre's life, but into all of those around him through numerous anecdotes and dialogues (not the mention the occasional yelling match), a back-and-forth tapestry of memories and ideas is gradually woven between two good friends who happen to be a part of many important twentieth-century events.
This the book that introduced me to Sartre after being cast in a production of "No Exit". I think it would have illuminated the conversations more had I known more about Sartre's life and relationships. Sartre is an enigmatic figure and after reading these conversations I had more questions than answers, which lead me to Gerassi's biography.
Apr 22, 2010 john added it
Much more substantive than I expected. Better than some of the interviews with SdB, certainly better than those with Levy.
Well, why not -- there are more things like this
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John Gerassi is professor of political science at Queens College, City University of New York, and is the author ofJean-Paul Sartre: HatedConscience of His Century."
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