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Simone de Sartre

Douglas Johnson, 7 June 1984

La Cérémonie des Adieux 
by Simone de Beauvoir.
Gallimard, 559 pp., frs 90
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Simone de Beauvoir Today 
by Alice Schwarzer, translated by Marianne Howarth.
Chatto, 120 pp., £6.95, February 1984, 0 7011 2784 8
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Lettres au Castor et à Quelques Autres 
by Jean-Paul Sartre, edited by Simone de Beauvoir.
Gallimard, 520 pp., frs 120, May 1983, 9782070260782
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... Has anyone ever written a satirical account of the first meeting between Simone de Beauvoir and Sartre? In an age when victims long to be mocked, in a country where satire is an essential part of the cultural heritage, and with two principals who have together inspired much controversy and aroused much dislike, the apparent absence of ridicule must be significant ...

Lightning Conductor

Peter Howarth: ‘How to Wash a Heart’, 9 June 2022

How to Wash a Heart 
by Bhanu Kapil.
Pavilion, 52 pp., £9.99, March 2020, 978 1 78962 168 6
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... 2020, ‘Notes on Arrival’, a statement so untrue in its truthfulness that it reminds me of what Marianne Moore used to say to her delighted audiences: ‘I’m called a poet because there’s nowhere else to put me.’ Like Moore, Kapil’s poems coalesce brilliantly and unpredictably from accidents and keep the feeling of vulnerability. ‘It’s so ...

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