At the Existentialist Café - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

Sarah Bakewell
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Sartre traveled from Berlin back to Paris, invigorated, ready to create his own distinct flavor of phenomenology. He sang the praises of phenomenology and convinced his friends to adopt it as a method as well. His writing content including his childhood joys and fears, as well as his current passions and phobias. However, his phobias often got in the way of his creative development as well.

After reading Aldous Huxley’s Doors of Perception, Sartre was inspired to try LSD. The drug gave him a bad trip, rather than the mystical one that Huxley detailed. For months after, he was haunted by a stream of crustaceans following him around, and human eyes on buildings wherever he turned. He thought that he was losing his mind, and tried to keep this content and horror out of his philosophical writings.

He then wrote Nausea, his first...

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