Lauren Elkin

The Inseparables
  • The Inseparables

    • Simone de Beauvoir

    • Deborah Levy (Introducer)

    • Lauren Elkin (Translator)

    • Sylvie le Bon de Beauvoir (Afterword by)

    The lost novel from the author of The Second Sex

    When Andrée joins her school, Sylvie is immediately fascinated. Andrée is small for her age, but walks with the confidence of an adult. The girls become close. They talk for hours about equality, justice, war and religion; they lose respect for their teachers; they build a world of their own. But as the girls grow into young women, the pressures of society mount, threatening everything.

    This novel was never published in Simone de Beauvoir's lifetime. It tells the story of the real-life friendship that shaped one of the most important thinkers and feminists of the twentieth century.

    TRANSLATED BY LAUREN ELKIN - INTRODUCED BY DEBORAH LEVY

    'Slim, elegant, achingly tragic and unaffectedly lovely in its evocation of the closeness between girls - and the pressures that sunder them' Spectator

    'There were lines that absolutely punched me in the gut' Anbara Salam

    'Gorgeously written, intelligent, passionate' Oprah Daily

    'Elegantly translated...a rich and rewarding novella' Literary Review

Lauren Elkin is the author of several books, including Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, a Radio 4 Book of the Week, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, and a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel award for the art of the essay. Her essays on art, literature, and culture have appeared in the London Review of Books, the New York Times, Granta, Harper's, Le Monde, Les Inrockuptibles, and Frieze, among others. She is also an award-winning translator, most recently of Simone de Beauvoir's previously unpublished novel The Inseparables. After twenty years in Paris, she now lives in London.

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