ISBN 9781847374172,The Boxer & The Goal Keeper: Sartre versus Camus

The Boxer & The Goal Keeper: Sartre versus Camus


Andy Martin


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ISBN 9781847374172

Simon & Schuster

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9781847374172

ISBN-10 1847374174


Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)

History and Politics

Jean-Paul Sartre is the author of possibly the most notorious one-liner of twentieth-century philosophy: 'Hell is other people'. Albert Camus was The Outsider. The two men first came together in Occupied Paris in the middle of the Second World War, and quickly became friends, comrades, and mutual admirers. But the intellectual honeymoon was short-lived.

In 1943, with Nazis patrolling the streets, Sartre and Camus sat in a cafe on the boulevard Saint-Germain with Simone de Beauvoir and began a discussion about life and love and literature that would finally tear them apart. They ended up on opposite sides in a war of words over just about everything: women, philosophy, politics. Their friendship culminated in a bitter & very public feud that was described as 'the end of a love-affair' but which never really finished. Sartre was a boxer and a drug-addict; Camus was a goalkeeper who subscribed to a degree-zero approach to style and ecstasy. Sartre, obsessed with his own ugliness, took up the challenge of accumulating women; Camus, part-Bogart, part-Samurai, was also a self-confessed Don Juan who aspired to chastity. Sartre and Camus play out an epic struggle between the symbolic and the savage. But what if the friction between these two unique individuals is also the source of our own inevitable conflicts?

About The Author
Andy Martin is the author of Stealing the Wave, Napoleon the Novelist and Waiting for Bardot. He is married, is a roadie for his two sons, and teaches at Cambridge University. In various parallel worlds, he is a surfer, a Hollywood scriptwriter, and a great poet.