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Alek Baylee Toumi

Publication Year: 2007

“Hell is other people,” Jean-Paul Sartre famously wrote in No Exit. The fantastic tragicomedy Madah-Sartre brings him back from the dead to confront the strange and awful truth of that statement. As the story begins, Sartre and his consort in intellect and love, Simone de Beauvoir, are on their way to the funeral of Tahar Djaout, an Algerian poet and journalist slain in 1993. En route they are kidnapped by Islamic terrorists and ordered to convert . . . or die. Since they are already dead, fearless Sartre gives the terrorists a chance to convince him with reason.
What follows is, as James D. Le Sueur writes in his introduction, “one of the most imaginative and provocative plays of our era.” Sartre, one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, finds himself in an absurd yet deadly real debate with armed fanatics about terrorism, religion, intellectuals, democracy, women’s rights, and secularism, trying to bring his opponents back to their senses in an encounter as disturbing as it is compelling.

Published by: University of Nebraska Press

Series: France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization Series


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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii-xix

It is not an exaggeration to say that Madah-Sartre is one of the most imaginative and provocative plays of our era. In it exiled Algerian playwright Alek Baylee Toumi crosses several unspoken boundaries and, in so doing, places his art and himself at the center of one of today’s most...

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In French the word islamiste refers to radical Islamic fundamentalists, to Islamic terrorists and their organizations. Musulman is a term used to designate mainstream Muslims, ranging from liberal, secular, or nonpracticing Muslims to moderate or conservative ones who go...


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p. xxi

Elements of Staging

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It is an odd world that we live in where reality and fiction, truth and lies, reason and madness often go hand in hand, mix, dangle, and intermingle until they displace the boundaries that separate them...


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Act One

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pp. 5-9

Act Two

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pp. 11-18

Act Three: Intellectuals Are Jews

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pp. 19-31

Act Four: Second Attempt at Conversion

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pp. 33-46

Act Five: Third Attempt at Conversion and the Party of France

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pp. 47-71

Act Six: Fourth Attempt at Conversion

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pp. 73-80

Act Seven: Foreigners

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pp. 81-108

E-ISBN-13: 9780803205970
E-ISBN-10: 080320597X

Page Count: 111
Publication Year: 2007

Series Title: France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization Series
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OCLC Number: 122908795
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