This issue of Sartre Studies International underscores Sartre’s extraordinary
versatility, as it contains groundbreaking research and informative
writing on his activities in politics, literature, and philosophy. By focusing on two pivotal events—Sartre’s participation in the
1952 World Congress of People for Peace in Vienna, and his canceling
the premiere of his play Les Mains sales in that city—Juliane
Werner sheds new light on Sartre’s political evolution, the reception
of his ideas in Austria, and his role in the fierce Cold War politics—
marked by propaganda and censorship—besetting that country.
She suggests in particular that this Viennese episode and Sartre’s
wider connection to Austria before and after the war can help us
better understand the increasing radicalism of Sartre’s later political
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