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  • This 'lost' novel by a giant of 20th-century letters reads surprisingly like a French Elena Ferrante... Lauren Elkin's translation is undistractingly smooth... The allure of this other life, as de Beauvoir describes it, remains as powerful in Elkin's translation

    Nikhil Krishnan, Daily Telegraph
  • Translated by Lauren Elkin with exquisite finesse, it utterly conveys both de Beauvoir's heady sensuality and its immediate opposite, observant restraint... The Inseparables is a ravishing work of art

    Catherine Taylor, Financial Times
  • A succulent taster for those who don't know de Beauvoir's work and, for everyone else, a treat

    Claire Allfree, Daily Mail
  • Slim, elegant, achingly tragic and unaffectedly lovely in its evocation of the closeness between girls - and the pressures that sunder them

    Spectator
  • A passionate and tragic autobiographical story

    Vanity Fair
  • Gorgeously written, intelligent, passionate, and in many ways foreshadows such contemporary works as Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend

    Oprah Daily
  • Here is an attentive and unintimate love, one that relishes the idea of imagining, but never knowing and never delimiting, the infinite expanses of another person's mind

    Merve Emre, New Yorker
  • In Lauren Elkin's fine translation, the lucid, sculpted prose can flare into starbursts of introspective sensuality. It touches and grips not just as a portrait of semi-requited teenage ardour...but because Beauvoir gives the torments of belief their due... Its focus and restraint show that, even in maturity, Beauvoir could write like a dutiful daughter of the French classics

    Boyd Tonkin, The Times
  • [An] absorbing novel... The Inseparables is a moving coming-of-age tale about two girls battling with who and what they want to be in 20th-century Paris

    Monocle
  • [The Inseparables] distils subjects that would preoccupy de Beauvoir throughout her career... [and] will introduce some readers to the defining role Lacoin played in de Beauvoir's trailblazing life and career

    Economist

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