Salon littéraire: Le Mur de Jean-Paul Sartre

SATURDAY, December 16
2PM - 3PM

Join us at the AFSeattle Library for our traditional Salon littéraire. This time, we will explore a short story by Jean-Paul Sartre, Le Mur.

As a reminder, the discussion is recommended for French speakers at level A2+ (upper intermediate) or above. However, participants are welcome to read the book in English if they prefer.

Free for AF members / $5 for non-member. Please RSVP below!

The Book

Le Mur  (1939) is one of Jean-Paul Sartre's greatest existentialist works of fiction.  Written in 1939, the story is set in the Spanish Civil War.  The protagonist, Pablo Ibbieta, is a political prisoner condemned to execution by fascist officers. Along with two other prisoners in his cell, he prepares himself for death. The story depicts with a surprising, uncomfortable lucidity the long and intimate relationship to one's death, and what it means to die for one's ideas. 

The Author

Jean-Paul Sartre, (born June 21, 1905, Paris, died April 15, 1980, Paris) is a French philosopher, novelist and playwright, best known as the leader of existentialism in the 20th century. In 1964 he declined the Nobel Prize for Literature, which had been awarded to him “for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted a far-reaching influence on our age.”


Where to find a copy?

French Version: 

  •  Le Mur on Amazon.
  • You can find used copies on Biblio

English Version:

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