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The Day after Existentialism Is a Humanism, and The Last Chance

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Abstract:

In 1945, the day after his famous public lecture on existentialism, Sartre gave an interview to a reporter at the café Le Flore; in it, he talks more about his novels The Age of Reason and The Reprieve than about Being and Nothingness, and he talks about the project for the future volume, The Last Chance. In this article I touch on how he reiterates points from the famous lecture in the interview, but especially on some of his comments about Mathieu and Brunet in terms of freedom and 'bad faith'. I move on to discuss why the next volume, Death in the Soul (translated in the USA as Troubled Sleep), was not the final one, and why The Last Chance was never completed. Then I turn to the largely unrecognized fact that the American translation of the third volume distorts Sartre's text for 150 pages by failing to show that he wrote the action of all of Part II in the present tense without paragraph breaks; I will offer an interpretation of this tense choice on Sartre's part.

Keywords: BAD FAITH; BRUNET; LAST CHANCE; MATHIEU; SARTRE; STRANGE FRIENDSHIP

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/ssi.2010.160104

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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