Geschlossene Gesellschaft. Stück in einem Akt

by Jean-Paul Sartre (Autor)

Other authorsTraugott König (Translator)
Paperback, 1991







The full French text of Sartre's novel is accompanied by French-English vocabulary. Notes and a detailed introduction in English put the work in its social and historical context.

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LibraryThing member leslie.98
A performance might have been a 5*! This one act play shows a vision of what existential hell might be; as Cradeau says at the end "Hell is just -- other people". But not any random people, rather ones that are specifically chosen.

This was my first experience with Sartre - he and Camus are authors
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that I have been nervous about reading. However, I found this easy to read and look forward to trying a longer work by him.
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LibraryThing member margaretfield
three people meet in hell; you need a course in Sartre to really appreciate this play
LibraryThing member norabelle414
Three strangers are escorted into hell. It's a living room, in a fussy antique style, with a few couches and knick-knacks but no windows or doors. Where are their tormentors and devices of torture? Each other.

A short one-act play. Truly classic right down to its famous line - "Hell is other
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people". Though, despite the characters' insistence that they are torturing each other, it becomes increasingly obvious that they are each their own torturer. They see themselves reflected in each others' eyes - literally, in one case - and hate what they see.

Although I'm not sure how much of this play I really understood, I was especially intrigued by the gender roles involved. Garcin feels he is not masculine enough because he deserted the military, but isn't much concerned about the real reason he's in hell - abusing his wife and blatantly cheating on her. Garcin wants to sleep with Estelle despite not being terribly attracted to her, because he thinks it'll make him feel more like a man. Estelle wants to sleep with Garcin because, as Inez points out, she is constantly looking for validation from men. Estelle is afraid when Inez hits on her because she's not a man. Garcin looks for validation from Inez because she's a woman who is uninterested in him. Fascinating stuff, if the whole "cold-hearted, cruel lesbian" trope is a little tired at this point.
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LibraryThing member DanielSTJ
This play was interesting for the ideas that it represented. However, the dialogue felt a little formal and unrealistic and this detracted from the sense of reality that the play was trying to establish. Overall, the action was implicit rather than explicit and there were various undertones and
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themes running through the play. Still, it had a purpose and was a decent read.

3 stars.
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