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Simone de Beauvoir


Simone de Beauvoir

French Existentialist philosopher, novelist, essayist, editor and groundbreaking feminist Simone De Beauvoir was born in Paris, where she lived most of her life. She was the author of the feminist classic THE SECOND SEX, several volumes of autobiography, and highly acclaimed novels, including THE MANDARINS, winner of the Prix Goncourt.

Simone de Beauvoir

Books by Simone de Beauvoir

written by Simone de Beauvoir, translated by Sandra Smith - Fiction

From the moment Sylvie and Andrée meet in their Parisian day school, they see in each other an accomplice with whom to confront the mysteries of girlhood. For the next 10 years, the two are the closest of friends and confidantes as they explore life in a post-World War I France, and as Andrée becomes increasingly reckless and rebellious, edging closer to peril. Sylvie sees a France of clashing ideals and religious hypocrisy --- and at an early age is determined to form her own opinions. Andrée is inclined to melodrama and romance. Despite their different natures, they rely on each other to safeguard their secrets while entering adulthood in a world that did not pay much attention to the wills and desires of young women.

by Simone de Beauvoir - Fiction

In her most famous novel, THE MANDARINS, Simone de Beauvoir takes an unflinching look at Parisian intellectual society at the end of World War II. In fictionally relating the stories of those around her --- Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Arthur Koestler, Nelson Algren --- de Beauvoir dissects the emotional and philosophical currents of her time.