No Exit

No Exit

Jean-Paul Sartre, the great French existentialist, displays his mastery of drama in NO EXIT, an unforgettable portrayal of hell.
The play is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for all eternity. It is the source of Sartre's especially famous and often misinterpreted quotation "L'enfer, c'est les autres" or "Hell is other people", a reference to Sartre's ideas about the Look and the perpetual ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object in the world of another consciousness.

Title:No Exit
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780573613050
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    No Exit Reviews

  • Steven Godin

    The mere abstraction of 'forever' makes me shiver, but throw in that word 'hell', and the heat starts to rise to an unprecedented level, whether bliss or burning to be subjected to anything forever, w...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Huis Clos = No Exit, Jean-Paul SartreNo Exit is a 1944 existentialist French play by Jean-Paul Sartre. The original title is the French equivalent of the legal term in camera, referring to a private d...

  • Fergus

    I DON’T CARE WHAT THEY SAYI WON’T STAYIN A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE!- Peter & Gordon, 1963But what if you didn’t have a CHOICE?So says Jean-Paul Sartre in this play that is so close to the bone - and ...

  • JV (semi-hiatus)

    A single room with Second Empire furniture (no mirrors, no windows, three sofas, one paper knife, lights that won't go off), and no torturer. Accompanied by a mysterious valet, three incredulous chara...

  • Forrest

    As a function of pure entertainment, Sartre's No Exit is brilliant. Ironically, Sartre uses almost-pure dialogue to "show not tell" the dilemma faced by Garcin, Inez, and Estelle, three "absentees" (a...

  • Sidharth Vardhan

    Two is Company, Three is Hell Oh my sweet Satan! this is one hell of a play. This definitely is scariest vision of inferno, and the vision is just too simple: "You re-member all we were told abo...

  • Gary Inbinder

    L'enfer, c'est les autres" or "Hell is other people. Imagine being locked in a small room for eternity with a group of people you don't like and/or who don't like you. Is that hell? Maybe. It certainl...

  • Petra-X

    One day, aged nearly 16 I was an observant, Orthodox Jew. I enjoyed the ritual, I enjoyed the scholarship, I submerged myself in the study of Rashi, the Ramban, Talmud and Torah and boys. Then I read ...

  • Florencia

    So this is hell. I'd never have believed it. You remember all we were told about the torture-chambers, the fire and brimstone, the "burning marl." Old wives' tales! There's no need for red-hot pokers....

  • Vipassana

    Hell is other people!That statement is beyond doubt the most famous of Satre's. However, it is only after one is acquainted with No Exit does one realise how grossly misinterpreted that statement is. ...