Dirty Hands  

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In Jean-Paul Sartre's 1948 play Les Mains Sales, the protagonist Hugo suggests several pseudonyms for himself, including Julien Sorel, with whom he shares many similarities.

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Les Mains Sales (French for "Dirty Hands") is a play by Jean-Paul Sartre. It was first performed on the 2 April 1948 at the Theatre Antoine in Paris, starring François Périer, Marie Olivier and André Luguet. The director was Simone Berriau.

A political drama set in the fictional country of Illyria between 1943 and 1945, the story is about the assassination of a leading politician.

The killer's identity is established from the beginning, but the question is whether his motivations were political or personal. Thus the play's main theme is not on who did it but on why it was done.

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