Fresh from several years of travel, 30-year-old Antoine Roquentin settles in the French seaport town of Bouville to finish his research on the life of an 18th-century political figure. But during the winter of 1932 a "sweetish sickness" he calls nausea increasingly impinges on almost everything he does or enjoys -- his research project, the company of "The Self-Taught Man" who is reading all the books in the library, a pleasant physical relationship with... The Age of Reason
The book follows two days in the life of Mathieu, a philosophy teacher, and his circle of friends as Mathieu tries to raise 4,000 francs to pay for an abortion for his mistress Marcelle. Mathieu's conscience tells him he should do the right thing and marry Marcelle but he doesn't wish to lose his freedom. To complicate matters Mathieu is in love with Ivich, a student who is awaiting her exam results. Mathieu goes around all his friends trying to borr... The War Diaries
The title of this book is a little misleading, for the entries date from 1939-40, before the war in France really heated up. Sartre saw no action during this period (he was in his early 30s), but he WAS in military service on the front during the "phony war." Mostly, he had a lot of time to think and write. He worked on some of the foundations for _Being and Nothingness_ and existential theory in general, so there's some of that here, but this is a surpr...