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.
Philosopher, novelist, playwright, and polemicist, Jean-Paul Sartre is thought to have been the central figure in post-war European culture and political thinking. He is the author of The Age of Reason, The Words, and the play No Exit among other works.
“[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