This bronze. Yes, now's the moment; I'm looking at this thing on the
mantelpiece, and I understand that I'm in hell. I tell you, everything's
been thought out beforehand. They knew I'd stand at the fireplace
stroking this thing of bronze, with all those eyes intent on me.
Devouring me. What? Only two of you? I thought there were more; many
more. So this is hell. I'd never have believed it. You remember all we
were told about the torture-chambers, the fire and brimstone, the
burning marl." Old wives' tales! There's no need for red-hot
pokers. Hell is- other people
Jean-Paul. Huis Clos. (Paris): Gallimard, (1945). Small octavo, original
wrappers; glassine. $500.
edition, number 34 of 2250 numbered copies (out of a total edition of
2274) of Jean-Paul Sartre's dramatic masterpiece, one of the core texts
of the existential movement. Mild fading to spine, slight crease on rear
wrapper; an extremely well-preserved copy.