At The Existentialist Cafe : Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails Paperback
Shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Paris, near the turn of 1932-3.
Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse.
They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking... `It's not often that you miss your bus stop because you're so engrossed in reading a book about existentialism, but I did exactly that...
The story of Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus, Heidegger et al is strange, fun and compelling reading.
If it doesn't win awards, I will eat my copy' Independent on Sunday`Bakewell shows how fascinating were some of the existentialists' ideas and how fascinating, often frightful, were their lives.
Vivid, humorous anecdotes are interwoven with a lucid and unpatronising exposition of their complex philosophy...
Tender, incisive and fair' Daily Telegraph`Quirky, funny, clear and passionate...
Few writers are as good as Bakewell at explaining complicated ideas in a way that makes them easy to understand' Mail on Sunday
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 27/02/2017
- ISBN: 9780099554882
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