The Aftermath of War


Seagull Books, kolkata, 2017

Language: English

366 pages

5" x 8"

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The Aftermath of War brings together essays written in Sartre’s most creative period, just after World War II. Sartre’s extraordinary range of engagement is manifest, with writings on post-war America, the social impact of war in Europe, contemporary philosophy, race, and avant garde art. Carefully structured into sections, the essays range across Sartre’s reflections on collaboration, resistance and liberation in post-war Europe, his thoughts and observations after his extended trip to the USA in 1945, an examination of the failings of philosophical materialism, his analysis of the new revolutionary poetry of ‘negritude’, and his meditations on the visual arts, with essays on the work of Giacometti and Calder, both of whom Sartre knew well.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980) was a French novelist, playwright, and biographer who is widely recognized as one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. His best-known books include Nausea (1938), The Flies (1943), Being and Nothingness (1943), No Exit (1944) and The Words (1964). Three of his Situations volumes of critical essays are available in English translation from Seagull Books as The Aftermath of War (2008), Portraits (2009) and Critical Essays (2010). His work earned him the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature.