International: Dirty Hands

Dirty Hands HOEDERER: . . . How you cling to your purity, young man! . . . You intellectuals . . . use it as a pretext . . . to do nothing, to remain motionless, arms at your side, wearing kid gloves. Well, I have dirty hands. Right up to the elbow. I've plunged them in filth and blood.

HUGO: . . . No one can convince me that one should lie to one's comrades.

—Les Mains Sales (Dirty Hands)

When Jean-Paul Sartre wrote his play about the cynical, power-minded Communist boss who makes...

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