Books by Eric Sutton

THE REPRIEVE by Eric Sutton
Released: Nov. 10, 1947

Following his Age of Reason in the existentialist triology, the focus in this second volume is international rather than individual, concentrated on the eight days of anxiety while the world pivoted on the verge of war, and Munich provided reprieve. Here is France as she underwent mobilization, showed largely fear and negativism in the face of war, reflected through a fairly sizable cast of characters and by a technique of alternating transition sometimes difficult to follow. Once again one meets Mathieu, who, having escaped the personal pitfall of marriage to Marcelle, anticipates war with resignation — "humanity will continue on its futile journey"; Daniel, the homosexual, who married Marcelle and sits out her pregnancy; Philippe, the general's stepson, pacifist by intellect, coward at heart; Russian born Boris and his Lola, and so on and on. Once again there is a fair amount of physical passion, in realistic rather than aesthetic terms...The market will be fairly well pre-determined on Sartre's name, and the interest in the earlier book, on which the sequel is dependent. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF REASON by Eric Sutton
Released: July 14, 1947

Sartre, as the formulator and exponent of existentialism, has received considerable critical attention in recent months. This, the first volume of a trilogy, will introduce Sartre as a novelist to a wider American market. Even with the stimulus of interest in the author, one questions his appeal for that market; the negativistic, fatalistic philosophy narrows down to a concern for men and women in physically distasteful detail which some will find unpleasant. This first volume is a leisurely introduction to Mathieu Delarue, Mathieu who wants to be a free man, who believes that if he didn't try to assume responsibility for his own existence, it would be absurd to go on existing, who has renounced all political affiliations to be free, and has refused marriage for the same reason. Dictating his own life, he is trapped for the first time when Marcelle, mistress of seven years, becomes pregnant. Trying to raise money for an abortion and failing, Mathieu finally steals 4000 francs only to find that Marcelle has determined to have the child, and will marry Daniel, homosexual, to give it a name....The novel is interesting as full evidence of existentialism, and will assuredly receive critical and intellectual notice. Read full book review >