By Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir’s account of the final ten years of Jean-Paul Sartre’s existence presents a spotlight for knowing one of many maximum thinkers of the 20th century. however the booklet, along with either a year-by-year account of Sartre’s final decade and a talk among him and de Beauvoir approximately his existence and paintings, is greater than only a philosophical exam. it's also a private discussion of incredible frankness that illuminates probably the most recognized and complicated relationships of the 20 th century.
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You have to forgive me. I’m a writer. ” Once, dozing after sex, she felt his hand against her cheek and heard him secretly whispering her name, an exceptional tenderness, “the supreme moment” of the affair. Finally, she concluded “the wicked mate like birds, no time for the preliminaries, you get no ecstasy at all,” and she wrote off the experiment with the lion: e s ote r i c e xot i c a 39 … like frankensteins brutal toy i shall rise one day i shall stalk out of his bed i shall walk along the marine drive he will then become just another man just another season and the summer then will burn to ashes in his garden.
It occurs to me that showing her the fax may further our talk. ” I ask as soon as we meet again. Her eyes gleam, hand reaches out. “Of course I want to know. ” She reads intently, holding the ﬂimsy paper like a worm or a snake. And returns it with a moue. ” I laugh. ” “My God, what an appetite. I doubt if any other woman in India ever received such a fax. ” “I can understand. ” This disapproving reaction is not what I anticipated. Kamala would obviously be affronted by receiving such a fax. “I asked him to send me a love letter,” I protest, trying to protect Arnie.
In India, there’s a river that has disappeared called the Saraswati River. They say if you keep your ear to the ground, you can 44 co chin, munnar, koval am, south india, 1995 hear it. That is what I am doing, keeping my ear to the river that has gone underground. ” Her words release me. Who am I to tell Kamala what to do? She has her ear to the ground listening for the underground river while I row away, straining my muscles, not yet ready to face the other shore. “I never had this peace before,” she says.
Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre by Simone de Beauvoir