War Diaries: Notebooks from a Phoney War 1939-40

Arlette Elkaïm-Sartre, Jean-Paul Sartre, Quintin Hoare

nonfiction Memoir Philosophy
funny informative reflective medium-paced

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The existentialist philosopher chronicles his time in the Resistance in the Second World War.

During the phony war that preceded the invasion of France, between late 1939 and the summer of 1940, the young Jean-Paul Sartre was stationed in his native Alsace as part of a meteorological unit. He used his considerable periods of spare time, between mundane duties like watching weather balloons, to make a series of notes on philosophy, literature, politics, history and autobiography that anticipate the themes of his later masterpieces, and often surpass them in literary verve and directness. These War Diaries form a portrait of Sartre in his most intense and brilliant phase. With them the twentieth century's most remarkable and public philosopher has provided us with a fitting posthumous monument to his honest and creativity.

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