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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  33 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
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 12th 1985 by Pantheon (first published 1981)
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Mohammad Rezaei
تمام تابستان 22 سالگیم رو اختصاص دادم به سارتر و سیمون، 5 هزار صفحه خاطرات دوبووار رو با لذت خوندم و این کتاب رو با اندوه مطالعه کردم
اگرچه الان دیگه دلبستگیم به مکتب اگزیستانسیالیسم کم شده ولی ارادتم به سارتر و سیمون نه
رابطه این دو همیشه برام جالب بوده
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
de beauvoir: Were you ever attracted by an ugly woman?

sartre: Truly and wholly ugly, no, never.

de beauvoir: It could even be said that all the women you were fond of were either distinctly pretty or at least very attractive and full of charm.

sartre: Yes, in our relations I liked a woman to be pretty because it was a way of developing my sensibility. These were irrational values—beauty, charm, and so on. Or rational, if you like, since you can provide an interpretation, a rational explanation. Bu
Oct 06, 2007 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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Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
Not so great, not too bad, just chatter, you will read and jump from one subject to another, and it feels like old radio interviews, but there is no real chance to get to know the author or anybody.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is about Sarte, but I think Simone de Beauvoir is really the star of the show here.
Dec 10, 2012 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.
Jul 21, 2007 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.
Anthony Crupi
Feb 20, 2016 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. ...more
Joan Wetherell
Feb 02, 2015 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.
Walter Polashenski
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two things strike me: the first that de Beauvoir did a wonderful job of describing a death due to vascular disease in the 60’s and 70’s. I was fascinated and appalled.

Second, that I love reading about why people believe they do what they do. I don’t believe them, but I love how we spin our lives....
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A excellent meditation on justice, religion, politics, and human values. Both people seem approachable and stimulating companies.
Edd Simmons
It was painful to see Sartre fall to the sickness of his eyes...
May 10, 2009 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 Beauvoi ...more
Nov 19, 2007 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 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.

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Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Habe in dem Buch viele spannende und für mich wertvolle Gedanken von Simone de Beauvoir gefunden (sie hat mich mehr interessiert als Sartre und seine Ausführungen). Obwohl ich manche philosophischen Diskussionen und Film-/Buchbesprechungen etwas überflogen habe, kamen sehr viele Aspekte von Leben bis Sterben zur Sprache und es war ein toller Einblick in das Leben und Älterwerden, wie de Beauvoir und Sartre es erlebt haben. Aber auch teilweise unterhaltsame Gespräche über Obstessen oder Zwischenm ...more
Mar 26, 2013 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.
Tom Walsh
Apr 08, 2011 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.
Oct 31, 2012 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.
Aug 21, 2011 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."
Delphine Chotteau
A relire absolument. J'angoisse, je n'ai plus aucun souvenir de tous ces livres que j'ai tant aimé!!
Aitxo No te quiere
Aug 01, 2015 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.
Rastko Koschka
Feb 19, 2013 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. ...more
Ashley Adams
A series of interviews conducted by Simone de Beauvoir at the deathbed of her lover Jean Paul Sartre. A more intimate portrait is simply unimaginable.
May 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
A Absolutely great resource for alternative medicine - herbs, tinctures, great suggestions. A wonderful resource.
Igor Nolasco
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
An intimate view in the lives of Simone de Beauvoir and, especially, Jean-Paul Sartre. A real page-turner.
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: french-lit
To understand this amazing relationship between the two most pivotal philosophers of the 20th century, this is the book. Beautifully written and translated.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe ein Buch bei registriert!
Jan 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Only interesting if you're into them. Basically a long rambling conversation.
John Wilson
Jan 29, 2014 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.
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Simone de Beauvoir was a French author and philosopher. She wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, political 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 ...more

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