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The Boxer and the Goalkeeper, By Andy Martin
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 05 April 2013
Droll, absorbing, gently erudite, this dual study of Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre presents the intimate rivalry of the great French writer-thinkers as "not just a faultline in the history of the 20th century, but also a rift in the psyche".
Sartre - no slouch in the ring - boxed his many foes; Camus, a famous keeper back in Algiers, sought to save - the soul, nature, even humanity.
In Martin's breezily freewheeling prose, Sartre the "symbolic" man of dialectic, and conflict squares up with Camus, the sensual "savage" who hankered for unity.
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