The Reprieve. Jean-Paul Sartre.
The Reprieve
The Reprieve
The Reprieve
The Reprieve
The Reprieve
The Reprieve
The Reprieve

The Reprieve

New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. First American Edition. Hardcover. "Rarely has a philosophical movement captured the world's imagination as Existentialism is now doing. In Jean-Paul Sartre's remarkable and long-awaited trilogy of novels, Roads to Freedom, we have the first fully Existentialist fiction. The first of these novels, The Age of Reason, shows the Europe of 1938 rushing headlong toward war. This second novel, The Reprieve, covers the eight days of intense anxiety in September 1938 during which Europe first mobilized on a large scale for the war we have just witnessed. The characters who figured in The Age of Reason are here surrounded by a crowd of new ones drawn from all walks of life. In this way we pass from the individual to the general plane. Each chapter forms a tangle of scenes, appropriate to the feverish moment in history, the place and characters often changing without warning in mid-paragraph or even in mid-sentence...Sartre makes us painfully aware of what it was to be a European at that time, and as his narrative gains momentum and speeds forward he never lets us forget the vital problems of man's freedom and responsibility in this world." (from front flap) The second work in the "Roads to Freedom" trilogy of novels by Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), the groundbreaking, world-influential French writer & activist whose novels, plays & essays were the foundation of Existentialist philosophy. Preceded by The Age of Reason as noted above, the French edition of which along with this novel were first published in France (1945); & followed by Troubled Sleep (1949). All three novels were written in the immediate wake of World War II, & with literary innovation & intensity explore the events leading up to & including the fall of France during 1938-1940. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first American edition as stated on copyright page. Translated from the French into the English language by Stuart Gilbert (1883-1969), the great British translator known for translating James Joyce's Ulysses into French & writing a classic critical-explanatory guide to that difficult masterpiece. An essential Sartre collectible. Book in relatively very near-fine condition with mild rubbing to front, back covers & spine (very slight dulling but no loss to gilt letters & graphics on spine); light wear incl. very slight loss of blue color in some tiny areas at edges & corners of same; series of small-to-tiny spots at back cover; very mild rubbing & browning to side & lower edges of text block (the former untrimmed as issued); more pronounced & with mild scratching, medium fading to dyed upper edge of same. Interior very fine with only mild browning & spotting to blank paste-downs & endpapers; small, quaint contemporary oblong sticker of "Young Books, Inc./ 746 Madison Ave., New York" affixed near upper edge/ right corner of front paste-down; a touch of browning to blank margins of page leaves. Unrestored dust jacket also in relatively exceptional near-fine condition with mild rubbing, browning & spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same incl. slight loss of surface brown-colored paper at spine-edges & corners, right edge & corners of front cover; one very short tear with minimal loss of paper at upper-right edge of front cover. Near Fine / Near Fine. [Item #4499]

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