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Tete-a-Tete: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre
by Hazel Rowley
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060520590, Hardcover)Like Abelard and Heloise, they are buried in a joint grave, their names linked for eternity. They are one of the world's legendary couples. We can't think of one without thinking of the other. "Tete-a-tete" tells the story of a relationship, one that still arouses steamy controversy, particularly in France; the notoriously open union between those freethinking and engaged Existentialist philosophers, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Hazel Rowley portrays these two people close up, in their most intimate moments. Since theirs was an open relationship, the story involves rather a lot of other characters. Whether or not we think it is one of the great love stories of all time, it is certainly a great story. Exactly what Sartre and Beauvoir most wanted their lives to be? In the quarter of a century since their death, new light has been cast on this famous pair by numerous memoirs, as well as Sartre and Beauvoir's own journals and correspondence. Their intimates are more willing to talk now than they were in the past. "Tete-a-tete" is based on access to primary sources, which no biographer has seen before, as well as on original interviews. The result is a fascinating book that shows the passion, energy, daring, humour, and bizarre contradictions in this extraordinary and unorthodox relationship.
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"They are one of the world's legendary couples. We can't think of one without thinking of the other. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre - those passionate, freethinking existentialist philosopher-writers - had a committed but notoriously open union that generated no end of controversy. With Tete-a-Tete, Hazel Rowley offers the first dual portrait of these two colossal figures and their intense, often embattled relationship. Through original interviews and access to new primary sources, Rowley portrays them up close, in their most intimate moments." "We witness Beauvoir and Sartre with their circle, holding court in Paris cafes. We learn the details of their infamous romantic entanglements with the young Olga Kosakiewicz and others; of their efforts to protest the wars in Algeria and Vietnam; and of Beauvoir's tempestuous love affair with Nelson Algren. We follow along on their many travels, involving meetings with dignitaries such as Roosevelt, Khrushchev, and Castro. We listen in on the couple's conversations about Sartre's Nausea, Being and Nothingness, and Words, and Beauvoir's The Second Sex, The Mandarins, and her memoirs. And we hear the anguished discussions that led Sartre to refuse the Nobel Prize."--BOOK JACKET.
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