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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
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 12th 1985 by Pantheon (first published January 1st 1363)
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Kristine
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...more
Daniel
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
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
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
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.
Danae
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.
Niki
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
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
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
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
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.
Rastko Koschka
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
To understand this amazing relationship between the two most pivotal philosophers of the 20th century, this is the book. Beautifully written and translated.
Cherie
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
Interesting co-diary style tracking health, thought/activities and locations in part one
Mo
Only interesting if you're into them. Basically a long rambling conversation.
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"Simone de Beauvoir was a French author and philosopher. She wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues, essays, biographies, and an autobiography. She is now best known for her metaphysical novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, and for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary femin...more
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