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By Ian H. Birchall

such a lot critics of the political evolution of Jean-Paul Sartre have laid emphasis on his allegedly sympathetic and uncritical angle to Stalinist Communism due, to a wide quantity, to their equation of Marxism with Stalinism. it's actual that Sartre used to be accountable of many severe misjudgements in regards to the USSR and the French Communist celebration. yet his dating with the Marxist Left used to be even more advanced and co tradictory than such a lot debts admit. This booklet bargains a political defence of Sartre and indicates how, from a comparatively apolitical stance within the Nineteen Thirties, Sartre grew to become more and more curious about the politics of the Left; even though he continually distrusted Stalinism, he was once occasionally pushed to best friend himself with it end result of the strength of its argument.

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