Between 1972 and 1982, the German journalist Alice Schwarzer conducted a series of six remarkable interviews with Simone de Beauvoir, providing a unique and fascinating insight into the ideas and the personality of one of the major writers of our time. The open interview alone is of crucial importance, for in it Simone de Beauvoir publicly espoused the feminist position for the first time: each interview has a specific theme, and in them she discusses, with unprecedented frankness, her writing, her views on feminism and socialism, marriage and jobs, motherhood, housework, old age, the 'nature of woman', and her life; and, in a unique interview, she and Jean-Paul Sartre discuss their long and exemplary relationship. Simone de Beauvoir has tended to be unresponsive to journalists in the past, and not all her theoretical writings are accessible to the general reader: but, as she says in her Foreword, these interviews will 'help my public to know me better and, I hope, to have a better understanding of a cause to which I am deeply attached.' A book of compelling and urgent fascination, Simone de Beauvoir Today is essential to our understanding of an extraordinary and immensely influential woman.
January 1, 1984  |  120 pages
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