“Hell is other people who don’t smoke”
France’s National Library has airbrushed Jean-Paul Sartre’s trademark cigarette out of a poster of the chain-smoking philosopher to avoid prosecution under an anti-tobacco law.
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“Smoking,” the Left-wing existentialist wrote, is “the symbolic equivalent of destructively appropriating the entire world.”
And yet in its poster for an exhibition to mark the hundredth anniversary of Sartre’s birth the Bibliothèque Nationale de France decided, destructively or not, to edit out the philosopher’s Gauloise.
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