Hope Now: The 1980 Interviews

Paperback | August 15, 2007

bySartre, Jean-paul

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In March of 1980, Le Nouvel Observateur published the final interviews between the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, then blind and debilitated, and his young assistant, Benny Lévy. Readers immediately denounced the interviews as distorted and fraudulent for portraying a Sartre who had abandoned his leftist convictions, rejected his most intimate friends, and cast aside his fundamental beliefs in favor of a messianic Judaism. Sartre's supporters argued that it was his orthodox interlocutor, Lévy, who had twisted the words of the ailing philosopher.

Yet, shortly before his death, Sartre confirmed the authenticity of the interviews and their puzzling content. Here presented in translation, the interviews are framed by two provocative essays by Benny Lévy, accompanied by a comprehensive introduction from noted Sartre authority Ronald Aronson, which places the interviews in biographical and philosophical perspective to demonstrate how they confirm and contribute to Sartre's overall philosophy. This absorbing volume at last contextualizes and elucidates the final thoughts of a brilliant and influential mind.

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In March of 1980, Le Nouvel Observateur published the final interviews between the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, then blind and debilitated, and his young assistant, Benny Lévy. Readers immediately denounced the interviews as distorted and fraudulent for portraying a Sartre who had abandoned his leftist convictions, rejected his most i...

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In March of 1980, just a month before his Sartre's death, Le Nouvel Observateur published a series of interviews, the last ever given, between the blind and debilitated philosopher and his young assistant, Benny Levy. Some readers were scandalized and denounced the interviews as distorted, inauthentic, even fraudulent. They seemed to p...

Jean-Paul Sartre (1906-1980) was offered, but declined, the Nobel Prize for literature in 1964. His many works of fiction, drama, and philosophy include the monumental study of Flaubert, The Family Idiot, published in translation by the University of Chicago Press. Adrian van den Hoven is President of the North American Sartre Society.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:142 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:August 15, 2007Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Sartre's Last Words by Ronald Aronson
Abduction of an Old Man?
Reciprocity?
Between Two Strong Systems?
The Wily Old Man?
The Sartre-Lévy Relationship
Sartre's Intention
New Ideas: Changes in Sartre's Thought
New Ideas: To Be Developed
New Ideas: Contrasts with Marxism
The Sartre-Lévy Relationship Revisited
Hope Now: The 1980 Interviews
Translator's Note by Adrian van den Hoven
Presentation by Benny Lévy
The Interviews
Jean-Paul Sartre and Benny Lévy
1. Beyond Failure
2. The Desire for Society
3. About Man
4. Does One Always Live Ethically?
5. A Thought Created by Two People
6. The Left's Basic Principles
7. A Transhistorical End
8. More Fundamental than Politics
9. Children of the Mother
10. Sons of Violence
11. Unity through Insurrection
12. The Real Jew and the One
The Final Word by Benny Lévy
The Logos and the Myth
The Pure Future and Death
The Messiah
The Resurrection
Notes
Index