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Although originally published in Les Temps Modernes in 1947 and translated into English in 1949, the essay "What Is Literature?" remains both fresh and provocative, especially in light of current debates on post-modernism and the political implications of deconstruction. Here Sartre offered his most lucid statement on his existential phenomenology of literature and litt erature engag ee, a conception of the role of literature that still challenges both the Left and the Right. This reissue of the original translation is supplemented by four additional pieces, including "Introducing Les Temps Modernes ," and "Black Orpheus," on French poetry by black writers. A useful introduction by Steven Unger completes the work. T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews