Simone de Beauvoir

The Inseparables
  • The Inseparables

  • Told by one of the foremost feminists of the twentieth century, this is a gripping coming-of-age novel from Simone de Beauvoir, closely modelled on events of her own life. Two young women, Sylvie and Andree, battle with their families, their religion and the deeply held conventions of society in early twentieth-century Paris. A deep and abiding friendship sustains them in an increasingly desperate struggle to find happiness and independence.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-86) was a French philosopher, novelist, and essayist, and the lifelong companion of Jean-Paul Sartre. De Beauvoir's first book, L'Invitée, was published in 1943. In 1945 she published Le Sang des autres, a novel dealing with the question of political involvement. Beauvoir's breakthrough work was the semiautobiographical Les Mandarins (1954), which won the Prix Concourt. Roman Catholic authorities banned it and de Beauvoir's feminist classic The Second Sex (1949), in which de Beauvoir argued that "one is not born a woman; one becomes one".

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