Adieux: a farewell to Sartre

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Knopf Publishing Group, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 453 pages
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From the Dust Jacket: In Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir uses Jean-Paul Sartre's last ten years as a focus for understanding his entire life. Through her eyes, we see an intimate portrait of the man who was widely recognized as one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century-the foremost philosopher of existentialism, a Nobel Prize-winning playwright, and a central figure in almost every major philosophical, political, literary, and social issue of our time. De Beauvoir was Sartre's closet friend, his intellectual companion, and, intermittently, his lover, from his early twenties until his death. It is she who tells his story in Adieux. She begins with a year-by-year memoir of Sartre's last decade: his political involvements, his work on Flaubert, his friendships, his relationship with her, his slow demise. The second and longer part of the book is a conversation between Sartre and De Beauvoir about his entire life and work. Unguarded, lucid, and incisive, Sartre talks about the origins of his philosophy, the inspiration for his fiction, and the conviction behind his activism. But more than a philosophical book, Adieux is a personal dialogue of astonishing candor. Sartre openly discusses his relationships with women-a subject which seems to pain De Beauvoir even now; his ugliness; his fear of passion. And in one of the most moving passages in Adieux, De Beauvoir anticipates Sartre's death. She knows he is dying, but she cannot tell him. Existentialism's acceptance of death does not console her. Adieux reveals the inner Sartre and the inner De Beauvoir, and illuminates one of the most extraordinary relationships of our century.

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Review: Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre

User Review  - Niki - Goodreads

A few good moments of reflection and insight during the conversation portion of this book which kept turing the pages. Mostly, it's very nuanced, and collected for his close friends, Simone de ... Read full review

Review: Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre

User Review  - John Wilson - Goodreads

A pretty good depiction of the private lives of Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir with some interviews, by her, where Sartre has to explain himself and his actions over time. Read full review

Contents

The Farewell Ceremony
3
Preface to the Conversations
131
Index
447
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Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) is the author of many books, among them "The Second Sex" (1949) and "The Mandarins" (1954), which won the Prix Goncourt. Carol Cosman is a freelance translator who has also translated Jean-Paul Sartre's "The Family Idiot: Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1857". Douglas Brinkley is a Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and the author of a forthcoming biography of Jimmy Carter.

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