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  • Published: 16 December 2002
  • ISBN: 9780141186573
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $29.99

Iron in the Soul



June 1940 was the summer of defeat for the French soldiers, deserted by their officers, utterly demoralized, awaiting the Armistice. Day by day, hour by hour, Iron in the Soul unfolds what men thought and felt and did as France fell. Men who shrugged, men who ran, men who fought and tragic men like Mathieu, who had dedicated his life to finding personal freedom, now overwhelmed by remorse and bitterness, who must learn to kill. Iron in the Soul, the third volume of Sartre's Roads to Freedom Trilogy, is a harrowing depiction of war and what it means to lose.

  • Published: 16 December 2002
  • ISBN: 9780141186573
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Jean Paul Sartre


Jean-Paul Sartre – one of the best-known and most discussed modern French writers and thinkers – was born in Paris in 1905. His friendship with Simone de Beauvoir, whom he met while studying philosophy at the Sorbonne, stretched over fifty years, until his death in 1980. He is perhaps best remembered as the founder of French existentialism and as a man of passion, fighting for what he believed in. Among his best known works are La Nausee (1938), Les Mouches (1943), Huis clos (1944) and the trilogy Les Chemins de la liberté; published in Penguin as The Age of Reason, The Reprieve and The Iron in the Soul.

The Letters of Jean-Paul Sartre to Simone de Beauvoir 1926-1939 is also published by Penguin.

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