A Dangerous Liasion: A Revalatory New Biography of Simone Debeauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre by Carole Seymour-Jones, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
A Dangerous Liasion: A Revalatory New Biography of Simone Debeauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

A Dangerous Liasion: A Revalatory New Biography of Simone Debeauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

by Carole Seymour-Jones
     
 

A Dangerous Liaison tells the intense, passionate, and sometimes painful story of how two brilliant free-thinkers, lovers, and rivals came to share a relationship that lasted more than fifty years. Moving from the corridors of the Sorbonne to the cafés of Paris's Left Bank, we discover how the strikingly beautiful and gifted young Simone De Beauvoir came to

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A Dangerous Liaison tells the intense, passionate, and sometimes painful story of how two brilliant free-thinkers, lovers, and rivals came to share a relationship that lasted more than fifty years. Moving from the corridors of the Sorbonne to the cafés of Paris's Left Bank, we discover how the strikingly beautiful and gifted young Simone De Beauvoir came to fall in love with the squinting, arrogant, hard-drinking Jean-Paul Sartre. We learn about that first summer of 1929, filled with heated debates that went on long into the night, sexual rivalry and betrayal, and the dangerous ideas that led people to experiment with new ways of behaving. We hear how Sartre compromised with the Nazis and fell into a Soviet honey-trap. And, thanks to recently discovered letters written by the avowed feminist De Beauvoir, Seymour - Jones reveals the darker, more dangerous side to the couple's philosophy of free love. This is a compelling and fascinating account of what lay behind the legend that this brilliant, tempestuous couple created.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Seymour-Jones's narrative crackles and pops with engrossing anecdotes." - The Observer

"Filled with delicious detail... eminently readable. Seymour-Jones's book is as page-turning as it is scholarly. The end result is quite dazzling." -The Guardian

"A fascinating new book." -The Daily Mail

"Extremely detailed, well researched, and completely absorbing." - Booklist (STARRED review)

"Appearing in what might be called a 'sexography,' Sartre, the Nobel-winning existentialist philosopher, and Beauvoir, existentialist and pioneering feminist, cavort with a dizzying panoply of partners...A spiraling double-helix of a relationship whose sordid beauty fascinates even as it repels." - Kirkus

"An important contribution to the study of de Beauvoir and Sartre that will be appreciated both by general readers and by scholars of French literature and culture and women's studies." - Library Journal

The Daily Mail
“A fascinating new book.”
Booklist (STARRED review)
“Extremely detailed, well researched, and completely absorbing.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590204030
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
768,301
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Carole-Seymour Jones was educated Oxford and Sussex Universities. Her recent biography Painted Shadow was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

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