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(The Family Idiot 5: Gustave Flaubert 1821-1857.pdf) With this volume the University of Chicago Press completes its translation of a work that is indispensable not only to serious readers of Flaubert but to anyone interested in the last major contribution by one of the twentieth century s greatest thinkers br br That Sartre s study of Flaubert i The Family Idiot i is a towering achievement in intellectual history has never been disputed Yet critics have argued about the precise nature of this novel or biography or criticism fiction which is the summation of Sartre s philosophical social and literary thought In the preface Sartre writes i The Family Idiot i is the sequel to i Search for a Method i The subject what at this point in time can we know about a man It seemed to me that this question could only be answered by studying a specific case br br Sartre discusses Flaubert s personal development his relationship to his family his decision to become a writer and the psychosomatic crisis or conversion from his father s domination to the freedom of his art Sartre blends psychoanalysis with a sociological study of the ideology of the period the crisis in literature and Flaubert s influence on the future of literature br br While Sartre never wrote the final volume he envisioned for this vast project the existing volumes constitute in themselves a unified work one that John Sturrock writing in the i Observer i called a shatteringly fertile digressive and ruthless interpretation of these few cardinal years in Flaubert s life br br A virtuoso perfomance For all that this book does to make one reconsider his life i The Family Idiot i is less a case study of Flaubert than it is a final installment of Sartre s mythology The translator Carol Cosman has acquitted herself brilliantly Frederick Brown i New York Review of Books i br br A splendid translation by Carol Cosman Sartre called i The Family Idiot i a true novel and it does tell a story and eventually reach a shattering climax The work can be described most simply as a dialectic which shifts between two seemingly alternative interpretations of Flaubert s destiny a psychoanalytic one centered on his family and on his childhood and a Marxist one whose guiding themes are the status of the artist in Flaubert s period and the historical and ideological contradictions faced by his social class the bourgeoisie Fredric Jameson i New York Times Book Review i br br Jean Paul Sartre was offered but declined the Nobel Prize for literature in His many works of fiction drama and philosophy include the monumental study of Flaubert i The Family Idiot i and i The Freud Scenario i both published in translation by the University of Chicago Press br br br br brDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming The Family Idiot 5: Gustave Flaubert 1821-1857 books for multiple devices.