Introduction by James Wood. 1. In a lecture delivered in 1945, Jean-Paul Sartre described existentialism as ‘that attempt to draw all the consequences from a position of a consistent atheism.’ (p.vii) 2. It thus belongs alongside Camus’s novel The Stranger, and his philosophical essay, The Myth of Sisyphus; books which likewise commit themselves to the […]

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INTRODUCTION by Christopher Hitchens, 2006. 1. But by the time Segura takes off his gun-belt and lays it to one side, in preparation for the climactic whisky-dominated game of checkers (or ‘draughts’ if you prefer) it is as plain as the old maxim of Chekhov that a gun once displayed in plain sight will not […]

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