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New Left Review I/29, January-February 1965

Jean-Paul Sartre

Condition of the Novel (France)

Since I have not written a novel for 16 years, my interest in this discussion, though lively, has been dispassionate; it is this which encourages me to try to give a detached impression of what has happened. As you know, when a meeting of this kind is a failure, everyone says: ‘at least there were the personal contacts’, meaning the contacts outside the actual sessions. Well, many writers from the West have indeed got to know many writers from the East. But that is not all, and I want to suggest in what ways this first symposium has been a success, despite serious difficulties.

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