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Tête à Tête

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Tête à Tête: The Lives and Loves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

By Hazel Rowley

They are one of the world’s legendary couples. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Satre – passionate, free-thinking existentialist philosopher/writers – had a committed, but notoriously open union that generated enormous controversy.

Through original interviews and access to new primary sources, Hazel Rowley portrays them up close with their romantic entanglements, their Parisian café society circle and their discussions of each other’s work.

The author manages to recapture the charm and the brilliance of their relationship in its early stages, as well as the intellectual excitement of the time. Highly readable and well-written.

Available in paperback at 14 euros.