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The Family Idiot 4: Gustave Flaubert 1821-57 Jean-Paul Sartre

The Family Idiot 4: Gustave Flaubert 1821-57

Jean-Paul Sartre

Published July 30th 1991
ISBN : 9780226735184
Hardcover
366 pages
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Seen by many as the culmination of Sartres thought and project, and viewed by Sartre himself as an attempt to answer the question, What, at this point in time, can we know about a man? this monumental work continues to perplex its fascinatedMoreSeen by many as the culmination of Sartres thought and project, and viewed by Sartre himself as an attempt to answer the question, What, at this point in time, can we know about a man? this monumental work continues to perplex its fascinated critics and admirers, who have argued about its precise nature. However, as reviews of the first volume in this translation agreed, whatever The Family Idiot may be called—a dialectic (Fredric Jameson, New York Times Book Review)- biography, philosophy, or politics? Surely . . . all of these together (Renee Winegarten, Commentary)- a new form of fiction? (Victor Brombert, Times Literary Supplement)- or simply, mad, of course (Julian Barnes, London Review of Books)—its prominent place in intellectual history is indisputable.Volume 4 consists of part three, books one and two, of the original French work. This volume, the fourth in a projected five-volume English-language edition, includes Sartres discussion of the onset of Flauberts illness, or neurosis, in 1844, and a significant reading of his LEducation sentimentale.Sartres approach to his complex subject, whether jaunty or judicious, psychoanalytic or political, is captured in all of its rich variety in Carol Cosmans translation.