The Conspiracy

The Conspiracy

By: Jean-Paul Sartre (author), Paul Nizan (author), Walter Benjamin (author), Quintin Hoare (translator)Paperback

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The Conspiracy, winner of the Prix Interallie in 1938, was Paul Nizan's last novel and was hailed by Jean-Paul Sartre as his masterpiece. It is centered upon the figure of Bertrand Rosenthal, philosophy student at the Ecole Normale, would-be revolutionary and scion of a haut-bourgeois Jewish family. Seeking to prove his commitment to the cause of Revolution by moving from words to deeds, Rosenthal involves his little group of disciples in a conspiracy as fatuous as that devised by Conrad in The Secret Agent. Simultaneously, he plunges into a forbidden - and ultimately tragic - love affair. The intertwined plots move inexorably towards their twin destinations of betrayal and death. This new edition makes available for the first time in English Walter Benjamin's political assessment of the book.

About Author

Paul Nizan was born in Tours, France in 1905, the son of a railway engineer. A close friend of Sartre at the Lyc e Henri IV and at the Ecole normale sup rieure, he joined the Communist Party in the late 1920s and became one of its best-known journalists and intellectuals. His works include Aden, Arabie; Les Chiens de Garde; Antoine Bloy ; and Le Cheval de Troie. In 1939, following the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Nizan left the party and was killed the following year in the Battle of Dunkirk fighting against the German army. Jean-Paul Sartre was a prolific philosopher, novelist, public intellectual, biographer, playwright and founder of the journal Les Temps Modernes. Born in Paris in 1905 and died in 1980, Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964--and turned it down. His books include Nausea, Intimacy, The Flies, No Exit, Sartre's War Diaries, Critique of Dialectical Reason, and the monumental treatise Being and Nothingness. Walter Benjamin was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and is the author of Illuminations, The Arcades Project, and The Origin of German Tragic Drama. Quintin Hoare is the director of the Bosnian Institute and has translated numerous works by Sartre, Antonio Gramsci, and other French authors. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781844677689
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9781844677689
  • ISBN10: 1844677680

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