This is the first English translation of Sartre's unfinished fourth volume of "Roads to Freedom", exploring the interrelations of politics, responsibility; friendship and freedom - themes central to Sartrean existentialism. "Last Chance" brings to an English-speaking audience for the first time the unfinished fourth volume of Jean-Paul Sartre's hugely important "Roads to Freedom cycle". "Sartre's Roads to Freedom" is generally read and regarded as a trilogy, made up of "Age of Reason", "The Reprieve" and "Troubled Sleep". In fact, Sartre began a fourth volume and, although he never finished the work, two chapters, "Strange Friendship" and "Last Chance", were published in French by Gallimard after his death. Set in a German prisoner of war camp, these chapters continue the story of Roads to Freedom, exploring the interrelations of politics, responsibility, friendship and freedom - themes central to Sartrean existentialism. The Pleiade edition published by Gallimard included a previously unpublished interview with Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir's account of his plans for the unfinished fourth volume, and an introduction to the unfinished fragments by the editor, Michel Contat.
All this material is translated and published here in this, the first English-language edition of a work that makes an enormous contribution to our understanding of Sartre's hugely influential "Roads to Freedom" cycle.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1904-1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, dramatist, novelist and critic. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential European thinkers of the twentieth century. Craig Vasey is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Mary Washington, USA.
Part I: Introductory Material; 1. Introduction, Craig Vasey (University of Mary Washington, USA); 2. Interview at Cafe Flore: 1945, Jean-Paul Sartre and Christian Grisoli; 3. Please Insert 1: 1945, Jean-Paul Sartre; 4. Please Insert 2: 1945, Jean-Paul Sartre; Part II: The Last Chance; 5. Strange Friendship; 6. Last Chance; Scholarship and Analysis; 7. General Introduction to Roads of Freedom, Michel Contat (editor, Pleiade edition); 8. Critical Note for Strange Friendship, Michel Contat (editor, Pleiade edition); 9. Critical Note for The Last Chance, Michel Contat (editor, Pleiade edition) and George H. Bauer (Sartre scholar); 10. Bad Faith and Roads of Freedom; Bibliography; Index.