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By Alek Baylee Toumi

“Hell is different people,” Jean-Paul Sartre famously wrote in No Exit. the glorious tragicomedy Madah-Sartre brings him again from the lifeless to confront the unusual and lousy fact of that assertion. because the tale starts, Sartre and his consort in mind and love, Simone de Beauvoir, are on their method to the funeral of Tahar Djaout, an Algerian poet and journalist slain in 1993. En course they're abducted through Islamic terrorists and ordered to transform . . . or die. for the reason that they're already lifeless, fearless Sartre offers the terrorists an opportunity to persuade him with reason.
What follows is, as James D. Le Sueur writes in his advent, “one of the main innovative and provocative performs of our era.” Sartre, one of many maximum thinkers of the 20 th century, unearths himself in an absurd but lethal genuine debate with armed fans approximately terrorism, faith, intellectuals, democracy, women’s rights, and secularism, attempting to deliver his competitors again to their senses in an come across as anxious because it is compelling.

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She wore a scarf on her shoulder instead of covering her head: forbidden. She spoke French: forbidden. And she looked him in the eye: sacrilegious. She came to challenge our values and (furious) . . broke . . seven rules! Seven! She is the sister of Satan. If Kahina3 thinks she is flouting us, she’ll pay for it one day. s artr e : (silent) madah : (calms down) She is a Jewess, a Barbra Strei3. An allusion to Khalida Messaoudi, one of the leading women’s rights activists and advocate for democracy in Algeria.

It is even said that men are free to believe or not believe. So why is your interpretation better than others? madah : Because it is God’s law. We must save you in spite of yourself. I went to college. I know what I am talking about. s artre : (cynical) For someone who never graduated from high school . . well. I know you went to college in Europe because you were a member of the only political party, the fln. That you used to be married to a European woman . . while you ordered others not to marry Christians.

They stole my sister, beat her up, gang-raped her, one after the other, in front of the old woman who was crying . . tears of blood, tears of shame. They raped her for months, in the name of God. They loot, in the name of God. They kill, in the name of God. They rape, in the name of God. They decapitate, in the name of God. Pregnant, they abandoned her in the forest . . in the name of God. She has gone insane. Where are you Mother Earth? They swarm and search you. They abuse and pollute you. They regulate you with their rules and their canons, their swords and their sticks, their pricks and their demons.

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