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No exit (Huis clos).

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre; Stuart Gilbert
Publisher: A.A. Knopf [©1946]
Series: A Borzoi book
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In "No Exit": Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and there is no exit. The irony of this hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire, but of the burning humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the damned. Here the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
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Named Person: Electra, (Greek mythological figure); Orestes, King of Argos (Mythological character); Electra, (Greek mythological figure); Orestes, King of Argos (Mythological character)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Paul Sartre; Stuart Gilbert
OCLC Number: 344178
Description: 166 pages.
Series Title: A Borzoi book

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In "No Exit": Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and there is no exit. The irony of this hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire, but of the burning humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the damned. Here the soul is shorn of secrecy, and even the blackest deeds are mercilessly exposed to the fierce light of hell. It is an eternal torment. --Amazon.com The other play in this volume is "The Flies" (French: Les Mouches) ... written in 1943. It is an adaptation of the Electra myth, previously used by the Greek playwrights Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides. The play recounts the story of Orestes and his sister Electra in their quest to avenge the death of their father Agamemnon, king of Argos, by killing their mother Clytemnestra and her husband Aegisthus, who had deposed and killed him. Sartre incorporates an existentialist theme into the play, having Electra and Orestes engaged in a battle with Zeus and his Furies, who are the gods of Argos and the centerpiece for self-abnegating religious rituals. This results in fear and a lack of autonomy for Zeus's worshippers, who live in constant shame of their humanity. --Wikipedia.com.

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