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Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  253 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Simone de Beauvoir's first-person account of the last ten years of Sartre's life, and it is heartbreaking to read in several places.... The prose is characteristic of de Beauvoir: deeply and intimately detailed, meticulous, and dense in some places.... it gives the reader an even more thorough understanding of the devoted side of de Beauvoir--and the very human and mortal ...more
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Published February 12th 1985 by Pantheon (first published 1981)
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Carla
Memórias redigidas por Simone de Beauvoir dos últimos 10 anos da vida de Jean-Paul Sartre.
Entrevê-se a espaços o Sartre “humano”, fragilizado pela doença e vergado pelos anos, e uma Simone de Beauvoir arrasada pela consciência do fim próximo mas gostava de ter lido um relato mais emocional e menos factual/político.

Kristine
Nov 28, 2007 Kristine rated it it was amazing
Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre chronicles the last 10 years of Jean-Paul Sartre's life. In the summer of 1974, Simone de Beauvoir and the ailing sexagenarian summered in Rome, where most of the conversations recorded in Adieux took place. Here, Le Castor's Pollux waxes on about food.

SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR: Apart from tomatoes, what food do you dislike most?
JEAN-PAUL SARTRE: Crustaceans, oysters, shellfish.
SDB: What is it that you find so disgusting about shellfish and crustaceans?
JPS: I think--with cr
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Anthony Crupi
Feb 28, 2016 Anthony Crupi rated it liked it
A 125-page medical diary dead-ending into 314 pages of Q&A, and at no point does de Beauvoir ask Sartre the fundamental question, which is to say, "Dude, do you actually brush your teeth with tobacco or what? Because jeepers creepers, your chompers are a bigger nightmare than Bad Faith and Self-Negation and the Vertigo of Consciousness, combined." Hell is Other People's Negligent Oral Hygiene Regimens.
Christine Cordula Dantas
[Resenha baseada na ed. Saraiva de Bolso.] Um livro com muitas partes interessantes assim como outras menos interessantes. Irá depender do/a leitor/a garimpar certos trechos e pular outros— as perguntas feitas por Simone de Beauvoir irão, em geral, auxiliar o/a leitor/a nesse sentido. Há inicialmente uma descrição muito detalhada por SdB sobre os últimos 10 anos da vida de Sartre, seguida da longa entrevista, que compõe a parte principal do livro. As partes que mais me interessaram esclareceram ...more
Daniel
May 27, 2009 Daniel rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
The first part reads like an extended preface to the second. It's an overarching chronicle of Sartes last years and his political & personal affiliations and, his deteriorating mental and physical condition. His behavior may be typical of one reaching the end of his life: sharply alternating between hopeful optimism, denial, apathy and self-loathing but it's clear that Sarte had a passion for life and his maintained lucidity and penetrating intellect remained almost completely intact. De Bea ...more
Unbridled
Nov 19, 2007 Unbridled rated it liked it
The book is 445 pages long: the first 127 pages cover the last years (10), months, weeks, and days of Sartre's life; the rest of the book is a series of transcribed interviews between de Beauvoir and Sartre. There is always an element of phoniness in an interview (so imagine Sartre for 300+ pages!), but these interviews suffer slightly more because of de Beauvoir's devotion to Sartre. Throughout the book there is a very clear sense of this devotion, the "devaluation" of her own intellect, to tha ...more
Günter Wahl
Nov 08, 2011 Günter Wahl rated it really liked it
Traveling with Jean Paul Sartre to Rome after he suffered his second stroke he could not speak well, correcting the four volumes of 2000 pages of "L'idiot de famille" the idiot of the family on Flaubert.

There also were the complete works on Simone de Beauvoir by rowohlt and complete of Jean Paul Sartre with Genet, single rororo neue literatur were previous on Pécuchet, on Flaubert there was "Der Rabe" with paintings of Volker Kriegel, once my favourite guitarist.

Der Nasenbär, der Nasenbär, er tu
...more
John Wilson
Jan 29, 2014 John Wilson rated it it was amazing
A pretty good depiction of the private lives of Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir with some interviews, by her, where Sartre has to explain himself and his actions over time.
Aitxo No te quiere
Aug 16, 2015 Aitxo No te quiere rated it it was ok
It's interesting if you are looking to deepen in Sartre's political life and his last years. All is narrated though Simone de Beauvoir's eyes.
Danae
Jan 26, 2013 Danae rated it really liked it
De Beauvoir es sorprendente, altiva y sin rodeos es capaz de contar descarnadamente los últimos años de vida de la persona que más amó ¿Es posible imaginar una mejor remembranza que la honesta sin el velo de la idealización? Creo que la transparencia de este libro hace que la vida cobre cierto sentido, que las acciones, los principios y las contradicciones hagan un revoltijo que resulte en lo hermoso del mundo.
pippi
Dec 11, 2007 pippi added it
really sad and soppy. the introduction to the book is kind of heart breaking because de beauvoir writes about how it's the only body of work that sartre will never read because he's dead.

this goes through the last couple years of his life and ends with a few interviews done by de beauvoir with sartre.

it also talks about how he used to pee his pants... which is sad but.... also kind of funny.
Joan Wetherell
Mar 20, 2015 Joan Wetherell rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I liked the first part, about Sartre' final,years, very much, but had a hard go with the interview portion. Maybe a translation issue, maybe I am not familiar enough with the intellectual concepts. I liked it better than three stars would seem to indicate. I may finish it some day, but for now wanted it off my shelf.
Niki
Jun 06, 2013 Niki rated it liked it
A few good moments of reflection and insight during the conversation portion of this book which kept turing the pages. Mostly, it's very nuanced, and collected for his close friends, Simone de Beauvoir writes that in the very beginning. Unless you're a true fan or are the type of reader that can skim or skip large passages this one might be better left unread.
Thomas Walsh
Apr 15, 2011 Thomas Walsh rated it really liked it
Simone de Beauvoir is a good writer, and this is a very clever approach to memoir. She takes the last ten years of Sartre's life, and wrote in a diary format. I learned so many facts in the book. There a generous appendix, which is a transcipt of an interview with Sarte. If you think you know about the great French Philosopher, think again. Highly recommended.
Sarah
Dec 29, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
The first half is worth a read if you're interested in the last few years of Sartre though it ends up reading more like a medical diary rather than any actual insight, aside from a few interesting gems about his relationships with other philosophers and his activism over the years.
Monica
Aug 24, 2011 Monica rated it liked it
This is not at all what I expected- but de Beauvoir is an excellent writer. I was fascinated with Sartre's idea that he needed to become what he calls a "new intellectual" but what Greene would call a "public intellectual."
Amalia Cocco
Feb 02, 2013 Amalia Cocco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Maravillosa lectura sobre los últimos años de la vida de Jean - Paul Sartre, narrados por una mujer que como poco tiene toda mi admiración y la cual ha estado al lado de Sartre hasta el último momento, amándolo, respetándolo.
Agnès
Feb 05, 2015 Agnès rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un récit émouvant des dernières années de la vie de JP Sartre, suivi d'entretiens assez détaillés avec de Beauvoir en 1974 à Rome. Très intéressant tant sur le plan humain que philosophique.
Rastko Koschka
Feb 19, 2013 Rastko Koschka rated it really liked it
Very moving, & a good place to introduce someone to existentialist thought! I found the endless dialogue between her & Sartre impossible to resist, to put down.
David
Jun 01, 2011 David rated it liked it
To understand this amazing relationship between the two most pivotal philosophers of the 20th century, this is the book. Beautifully written and translated.
Cherie
May 14, 2010 Cherie rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
A Absolutely great resource for alternative medicine - herbs, tinctures, great suggestions. A wonderful resource.
Delphine Chotteau
A relire absolument. J'angoisse, je n'ai plus aucun souvenir de tous ces livres que j'ai tant aimé!!
Helen
Dec 28, 2011 Helen rated it liked it
Interesting co-diary style tracking health, thought/activities and locations in part one
Mo
Jan 28, 2009 Mo rated it liked it
Only interesting if you're into them. Basically a long rambling conversation.
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