Anti-Semite and Jew: An Exploration of the Etiology of Hate

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With a new preface by Michael Walzer

Jean-Paul Sartre's book is a brilliant portrait of both anti-Semite and Jew, written by a non-Jew and from a non-Jewish point of view. Nothing of the anti-Semite either in his subtle form as a snob, or in his crude form as a gangster, escapes Sartre's sharp eye, and the whole problem of the Jew's relationship to the Gentile is examined in a concrete and living way, rather than in terms of sociological ...
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Overview

With a new preface by Michael Walzer

Jean-Paul Sartre's book is a brilliant portrait of both anti-Semite and Jew, written by a non-Jew and from a non-Jewish point of view. Nothing of the anti-Semite either in his subtle form as a snob, or in his crude form as a gangster, escapes Sartre's sharp eye, and the whole problem of the Jew's relationship to the Gentile is examined in a concrete and living way, rather than in terms of sociological abstractions.

"One of the most brilliant psychological analyses of the marginal Jew and the fanatical anti-Semite that has ever been published." Sydney Hook, Partisan Review

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Editorial Reviews

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"[A fervent and brilliant challenge to ant-Semitism."
The New York Times

"A review . . . can merely indicate the humanity, the compassion, and the suggestive brilliance of Sartre's writing. His essay is a genuine contribution to contemporary thought; it will be read and reread in years to come."
—Harvey Swados

"Still a monument of postwar writing on anti-Semitism . . . Michael Walzer's fine introduction will help current readers sift out what remains relevant from Sartre's work for considering the variants of anti-Semitism haunting the world today."
—Elisabeth Young Bruehl

"Sartre's account of anti-Semitism is an acknowledged classic, based in large measure on assimilated Jews whom he personally knew. Michael Walzer's essay provides significant balance to Sartre's brilliant analysis."
—Arthur Hertzberg

Jewish Book World
A new preface by Michael Walzer is intended to help readers understand Sartre' classic work in today's world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805210477
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 793,216
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JEAN-PAUL SARTREwas born in Paris in 1905. Educated at the Ecole Normale, he then taught philosophy in provincial lycées, and in 1938 published his first novel, Nausea. During the war he completed the major work that eventually established his reputation as an existential philosopher—Being and Nothingness (1943). After the Liberation, he founded the socialist journal Les Temps Modernes. He was a prolific playwright, producing, among other works No Exit, The Devil and the Good Lord, and The Condemned of Altona. In 1960, he published his second basic philosophical work, Critique of Dialectical Reason. In 1964, his account of his childhood, Words, received worldwide acclaim. That same year he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, which he refused. In 1971–1972, the first three volumes of his ambitious study of Flaubert’s life and work appeared. He died in 1980.
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"Anti-Semite and Jew, in its best passages, stands with Theodor Adorno's study of the authoritarian personality, Talcott Parson's essays on the sociology of Nazism, Erich Fromm's Escape from Freedom,and Hannah Arendt's account of totalitarian politics . . . [Nonetheless] Sartrean authenticity has taken on new meanings, a sign simultaneously that his argument is persuasive and that it is in need of revision."
—From the Preface by Michael Walzer
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