Altona Men Without Shadows The Flies Author:Jean-Paul Sartre Plays by Sartre. — Born in Paris in 1905, Sartre studied philosophy and took up teaching. After service in the Resistance he became a writer and edits "Les Temps modernes." His philosophical books - notably "L'Etre et the neant" - have caused him to be regarded as the founder of existentialism. His novels, such as "The Age of Reason," tend to str... more »ess the meaningless aspect of modern life.
His plays, on the other hand, deal more with human freedom. "The Flies" (1942) presents Sartre's interpretation of the Greek legend of Orestes. "Men Without Shadows" (1946) is a brutal study of the effects of torture on captured members of the Marquis. "Altona" (1959, previously published as "Loser Wins") comments on the acquisitive aspects of capitalism as seen in a family of rich German industrialists.« less