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  1. says:

    Intimations of IntimacyThis collection of five short stories was first published in French in 1939.At the time, Sartre had already written his first novel, Nausea , and several philosophical works.My copy of the English translation was published by Panther Books and was marketed as the brilliant study of the corruption of love There are four photos of a naked brunette woman only partly cloaked by her bedsheets, as if viewed in an oval mirror the frame of which could also pass for a large keyhole.I m not sure how well it sold in the English speaking world However, I don t think either of these pitches gets at the appeal of the book.On the other hand, it does sequence the stories in a way that adds to the appeal compared with what I understand was the order of other versions 1 Intimacy 2 The Wall 3 The Room 4 Erostratus 5 The Childhood of a Leader.Exercises in Voice ProjectionA couple of stories into the book, I started to wonder about the best way to approach the book as a whole How would I review a collection Was there a linking theme Was there an overarching style Did the book consciously or unconsciously anticipate any of Sartre s later works Ultimately, I abandoned these approaches What was fascinating about all five stories was how different they were in subject matter and how differently they were written in style.In a way, the stories were partly exercises in style The Wall reminded me of Camus and Orwell Erostratus of Dostoyevsky The Childhood of a Leader was Proustian.Sartre seemed to be experimenting with different voices Intimacy I found this story the most difficult, and therefore recommend that you read it first.The story is a strange combination of third and first person narration The protagonist is a woman, Lulu, whose perspective dominates the story However, midway through a third person omniscient narration, she seems to intrude in the first person I searched for a pattern, and the only one that I could find was that the first person seemed to arrive after a colon or a semi colon Here s what I mean, though I love this passage about a torn sheet Lulu was sleeping on her back, she had thrust the great toe of her left foot into a tear in the sheetIt annoyed her I ll have to fix that tomorrow, still she pushed against the threads so as to feel them break My other query about this passage is the translation do you have a great toe or a big toe In the third story, a woman opens the door and penetrates the room, rather than entering it Did the publisher s marketing department manage the translation Still, the story itself is an interesting illustration of how somebody can attempt to seize freedom, only to turn back to the relative security of domesticity The Wall This story is a first person narrative by Pablo Ibbietta, a member of the International Brigade who has been captured by pre war Spanish fascists He s one of three anarchists who will be taken out and shot against a wall the following morning.Pablo tells us a little about himself I took everything as seriously as if I were immortal However, now, confronted with his mortality, most of what he tells us concerns the actions around him, with the exception that, having accepted his fate, he now has only one wish which he keeps to himself and us I want to die cleanly Nevertheless, he s given the opportunity to live if he betrays a superior He decides to play a game with those who will ultimately kill him regardless I found that somehow comic it was obstinacy I thought, I must be stubborn And a droll sort of gaiety spread over me I like the fact that one of Sartre s characters is both stubborn and gay in the light of inevitable death, even if it is destined to be tomorrow.This is real black humour in confrontation with absurdity But you ll have to read it to find out why The Room While Eve s mother sits quietly at home consuming Turkish delights, her own husband Pierre is confined to a room with advanced dementia Early, a character warns, One must never enter the delirium of a madman Only Sartre does exactly that, without necessarily entering the mind of the madman The effect on others is enough for us to see for example, Pierre now only knows Eve as Agatha Eve s parents want her to abandon Pierre to an institution, as if he had ceased to be a person, let alone a spouse On the other hand, she maintains a brave face I love him as he is Eve is sustained by the belief that one day it will all end, and that she might have one role to play in Pierre s life before then Erostratus This is another first person narrative that adopts the form of the classic myth of the man who, in a quest for notoriety, set fire to the temple of Diana in Ephesus, on the day Alexander the Great was born.Self styled anti humanist Paul Hilbert sets out to shoot five people, then himself We see everything as if it s been filmed by a headcam Even now, there are only two ways a story like this can end.This story, while it might extrapolate on Notes from Underground , is eerily prescient of the mass shootings of our times The Childhood of a Leader This Odd Disquietude This, the longest and most psychologically insightful of the stories, concerns the childhood of Lucien Fleurier, the son of a regional captain of industry.His father employs 100 people He regards himself as bound by noblesse oblige, his privilege governed by a sense of responsibility rather than entitlement.Lucien is a Proustian character whose sensitivity sees him slide down a slippery slide of peer group pressure that leads from self doubt, disorder , anguish and nihilism to social inadequacy, self pity, anti Semitism and paternalism all examples of bad faith I have rights the right to commandI exist becauseI have the right to existYou belong to me Inevitably, he turns his back on his leftish mistress, Maud, who might have been his best chance of happiness and success You have to wonder to whom Sartre was referring Simone de Beauvoir or the third person in their triad to whom he dedicated the collection, Olga Kosakiewicz Kosakievicz when he described her as follows her narrow, closed face which seemed so unattainable, her slender silhouette, her look of dignity, her reputation for being a serious girl, her scorn of the masculine sex, all those things that made her a strange being, truly someone else, hard and definitive, always out of reach, with her clean little thoughts, her modesties, her silk stockings and crepe dresses, her permanent wave What Exit from Existence Some might question Sartre s like any man s ability to get inside the mind of a woman However, in the majority of these stories, women take centre stage.Like de Beauvoir s own writing, these stories are relatively dry in their style However, their power derives from the dilemmas in which Sartre positions his characters and out of which he then allows them to work their way or not.In a way, then, these stories are concerned with the existence or otherwise of an exit.SOUNDTRACK view spoiler Madeleine Peyroux You re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go Bob Dylan cover Situations have ended sadRelationships have all been badMine ve been like Verlaine s and RimbaudBut there s no way I can compareAll those scenes to this affairYou re gonna make me lonesome when you go The Wall Muri short film An adaptation of the story The Wall Le Mur Giveaway hide spoiler


  2. says:

    The Wall was by far my favorite story in here I got completely absorbed and felt almost as mentally exhausted as the protagonist at the end Although disclaimer I was quite stoned when I read it.


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    Written in 2011 I am versed in the Sartre these days.You know, for a book titled Intimacy, there s never a truly intimate moment.I actually don t know much about Sartre, other than the fact that he developed existentialism, his relationship with Simone de Beauvoir, and that he wrote No Exit Albert Camus is in my realm of interest When I was in an introduction to philosophy class, my teacher presented Camus and Sartre as almost Camus philosophy vs Sartre s philosophy, which I think is the wrong way to look at it Sartre and Camus developed ideas sprouting from the same source S ren Kierkegaard , so comparing and contrasting is the better way to go Having read novels by Camus and Intimacy, I have to say that both philosophers were absolutely brilliant.Sartre was fascinated by Immanuel Kant s proclamation that humans are condemned to freedom Freedom, in existentialism, is a double edged term On one hand, humans have the freedom to find something that will fulfill their lives On the other hand, freedom can seem like an unbearable choice And in Intimacy, I d say that all the characters are plagued by freedom, freedom of religion, freedom of someone taking their hand and leading them forward.This is the one time when I feel as though the description on the back of the book is incredibly apt Here is a portrait of life seen from new and revealing angles, in which the human soul is stripped of its civilized veneer, and layers of experience are peeled back with ferocious skill to reveal the depths of the private oppressions, sensualities and neuroses of our time, and the overwhelming evil to which modern man can descend I was truly amazed with Sartre s writing style, and I recall, upon finishing the first short story, Intimacy , thinking, So that s what Pulitzer Prize writing is like Intimacy is a book about anxiety in the city Specifically, the anxiety of losing sense of one s self, one s identity Identity is rather difficult to understand Usually, we break it up into roles or simple words so that people won t have to think about it too much I m a mother, or I m an athlete, or I m Christian, or I m an Aries One of the primary concepts in existentialism is despair, which is a reaction to the breaking down of an identity If a man identifies himself as a leader and he loses that position, his world comes crumbling down and he is in despair This is a generalization, but you get the point.In the short story Intimacy, Lulu goes through many different roles wife, lover, friend She fails at all three and runs away only to return to her husband In Erostratus, the main character defines his attitude by an object, which in turn, destroys him in the end In The Wall, Pablo s life loses meaning because of his supposed inexorable fate But I think Childhood of a Leader, deals with this topic beautifully Not to say that it is a beautiful story Sartre tells each in grotesque language, which I appreciated There s a sense of gritty reality to each story The Childhood of a Leader is about the life of a man, Lucien Fleurier, from age 4 to college years Sartre understood that children are malleable until they are stuck in their ways Lucien moves from one concept to another Each friend hands him a new book to read, a new concept to identify with Early on, he learns to identify himself with a title a complex, a disorder, not existing, fascist, and leader At a young age, Lucien has a homosexual relationship and ponders about this topic He knew what he made me do has a name It s called sleeping with a man and he knew it am I intelligent, am I stuck up and you can never decide And on top of that, there were labels which got stuck on to you one fine morning and you had to carry them for the rest of your life But Lucien s supposed identity is a collection of labels At every new turn in his life, he drops the old concept and gravitates to a new one It isn t until he acts upon one of his labels that he finally decides that s what he is Lucien decides his defining label is anti Semitic, because he kills a Jewish man.For a novel titled Intimacy, it s strange that there s so much voyeurism You, the reader, see everything in the lives of these characters Possibly one of the most fascinating ideas I have ever seen in writing, when Sartre slips from she to you , I feel as though the character s subconscious is talking to them This is fairly obvious in Intimacy, in which there is Lulu s thoughts and Lulu s true, unconscious thoughts When you re on your feet all day you like to relax a little in a nice place, with a little luxury and a little art and stylish help In The Room, Eve fears that her father will take her business out of the room, to society A little of their life had escaped from the closed room and was being dragged through the streets, in the sun, among the people There s a great fear of not knowing yourself when other people know who you are They know everything about you The reader knows everything about the characters, even their innermost thoughts And some of those thoughts are discomforting.Sometimes words can subconsciously direct the next phase of your life In The Wall, Pablo lies about the location of Ramon Gris Just to mess with them, he tells the soldiers that Gris is in the cemetery He s taken out of the room and led past the wall, where he feared his life would end Instead, his life is spared, because it turns out, Gris was in the cemetery A lie somehow told the truth But I think Sartre was fond of irony, seeing as Intimacy is an ironic title.I love the way Sartre played with titles I think my favorite is Erostratus, and perhaps I m looking a little too far into this The man that the main character speaks of is Herostratus, but for some reason, it is spelled Erostratus Maybe that s just the French way of spelling it However, I see Eros in that title And in this short story, the main character seems to have a great will to live and a great will to die, which are referred to as the Eros instinct and the Thanatos instinct In the end, when the main character is cornered in a bathroom, he thinks about shooting himself in the head But his Eros instinct prevails and he follows police orders.


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    I remember It was only the other day that I was with a couple of friends and I spoke to them about a story I intended to write It was my in my head, as always an original idea and they liked it as well Little did I know that Monsieur le Sartre had deja produced a work which resembled my deepest thoughts I reckon, after having read the wall, I started to realise that my stories revolved around an existentialist backdrop This caused me a lot of turmoil, for in I had absolutely no intentions of confirming or appertaining to any particular faction of philosophy I confess however, that Sartre and I did connect, and this divine connection made me reflect on my own beliefs and areas of interest.


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    One day, when I grow up, I want to write with the uncertainty that Sartre seems to be able to put into his words There is no future determined in each of the short works presented here Time unravels for the reader as it does for the characters It is beautiful.I purchased this book thinking it was a novel I m glad it isn t, though each of the five stories are interesting enough that they could become a novel, and one, The Childhood of a Leader, is a sweeping tale that certainly would qualify as a novella Each story talks about shocking experiences in life Love and salvation, illness, aging And none of them are stories about beautiful people You watch the characters become the basest of human creatures Frail, but convinced of their own ravenous strength Foxes continually cornered, and fighting back against themselves and the world around them It is an incredible study.I think Sartre is a convincing author with this work than with the other that I have read Nausea But, with that said, I will go back to Nausea and try it out Perhaps I just wasn t wise enough to see what he was saying when I read it this time last year


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    The Wall was the best one


  7. says:

    This finished the last story of the collection, the novella The Childhood of a Leader A confusing story of a confused privileged mind, developing opinions and getting mature page by page Not exactly in a positive way Overall, very interesting collection, touching on human thought, as chaotic or nonsensical as it might be Very different stories, some gripping than others, all for different reasons.


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    The only stuff I knew about Sartre was that he once refused a Nobel and that he was part of the French intelligentsia, plus I had a strong suspicion that his work is of the difficult kind But curiosity got the best of me, curiosity and the size of this small collection Four short stories and a novella The first story in this edition took me a few pages to get into but maybe it was just prejudice or something because it suddenly sort of cleared up and it just got progressively better and better culminating with The Childhood of a Leader which in its 90 pages covers ground than stories five times the size I didn t like his prose much but maybe that s the translation or maybe it is his particular style and anyway it doesn t matter because there s depth here and the material is varied, complex and inventive All negotiate personal and public identity This is, I came to find out, what is called existential fiction Nice So I still don t know much about Sartre except that I don t think I will be skipping any of his work that may come my way in the future Excellent.


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    Prolific Outstanding work Intimacy without any intimate feelings Cruel and disastrous confession of the human nature He loves me, hedoesn t love my bowels, if they showed him my appendix in aglass he wouldn t recognize it, he s always feeling me, but ifthey put the glass in his hands he wouldn t touch it, he wouldn tthink, that s hers, you ought to love all of somebody, theesophagus, the liver, the intestines Maybe we don t love thembecause we aren t used to them, if we saw them the way we sawour hands and arms maybe we d love them the starfish must loveeach other better than we do.


  10. says:

    Read this too long ago It made a huge impression but with time Sartre s contrived narratives to convey his arguments dims somewhat It is essential reading for a brief, but very, significant period.


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Intimacy download Intimacy, read online Intimacy, kindle ebook Intimacy, Intimacy e63e9dbabda8 This Is Sartre S Masterly Portrait Of Life Seen From New And Revealing Angles, In Which The Human Soul Is Stripped Of All Its Civilized Veneer, And Layers Of Experience Are Peeled Back With Ferocious Skill To Reveal The Depths Of The Private Oppressions, Sensualities And Neuroses Of Our Time And The Overpowering Evil To Which Modern Man Can Descend CONTENTS Intimacy The Wall The Room Erostratus The Childhood Of A Leader Translated By Lloyd Alexander