Simone de Beauvoir

Juil 21

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Brasserie La Coupole, Paris, 1969. Photo: Bruno Barbey.

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Brasserie La Coupole, Paris, 1969. Photo: Bruno Barbey.

Juil 18

Simone de Beauvoir e Jean-Paul Sartre. Sestiere San Marco, Venezia, Italia, 1976. Fotografia: Archivo Graziano Arici. 

Simone de Beauvoir e Jean-Paul Sartre. Sestiere San Marco, Venezia, Italia, 1976. Fotografia: Archivo Graziano Arici. 

Juil 17

Simone de Beauvoir (droite), sa mère Françoise et sa soeur Hélène vers 1912. Lieu unconnu. Photo: collection de famille.

Simone de Beauvoir (droite), sa mère Françoise et sa soeur Hélène vers 1912. Lieu unconnu. Photo: collection de famille.

“Un vero romanzo non si lascia quindi né ridurre in formule né raccontare; non si può slegarne il senso più di quanto non si possa staccare un sorriso da un volto. Anche se produce delle parole, esso esiste come gli oggetti del mondo che eccedono tutto ciò che se ne può dire con delle parole. E senza dubbio, quell’oggetto è stato costruito da un uomo e quest’uomo aveva un progetto; ma la sua presenza deve essere ben nascosta, altrimenti questa operazione magica che è il sortilegio romanzesco non potrebbe compiersi; come il sogno esplode in pezzi se la minima percezione si rivela come tale al dormiente, così la credenza immaginaria si dilegua non appena si pensa di confrontarla con la realtà: non si può porre l’esistenza del romanziere senza negare quella dei suoi eroi.” — Simone de Beauvoir, Letteratura e metafisica (traduzione di Beatrice Catini - testo integrale qui)

Juil 11

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre arrested for selling the banned newspaper La Cause du Peuple. Paris, 1970. Photographer: unknown.
(By arresting them - together with newspaper’s editors and reporters and press freedom activists - the French police made exactly what both philosophers had in mind: call all attentions to the banned newspaper and the fact that free expression didn’r exist in France. The police tried to release Beauvoir and Sartre a few minutes later, but they denied and said they would only leave the police station if they released also the others. And so it was done.)

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre arrested for selling the banned newspaper La Cause du Peuple. Paris, 1970. Photographer: unknown.

(By arresting them - together with newspaper’s editors and reporters and press freedom activists - the French police made exactly what both philosophers had in mind: call all attentions to the banned newspaper and the fact that free expression didn’r exist in France. The police tried to release Beauvoir and Sartre a few minutes later, but they denied and said they would only leave the police station if they released also the others. And so it was done.)

Juil 07

“Nelson, meu amor, recebi suas cartas esta tarde em Estocolmo e entrei em uma pequena conditorei (uma confeitaria) em frente ao correio central para lê-las. Elas me causaram muita satisfação, e o dia todo pensei o quanto eu o amava. É meia noite, estou morta de cansaço, mas é preciso lhe dizer: eu o amo muito! É espantoso como o compreendo e como você me compreende, e essa compreensão recíproca é uma das coisas mais preciosas no nosso amor.” — Simone de Beauvoir em carta a Nelson Algren, 13 de agosto de 1947.

Juil 04

“Je souhaitais que toute vie humaine fût une pure liberté transparente : et je me rencontrais dans la vie des autres comme une barrière opaque ; je ne pouvais pas m’y résigner.” — Simone de Beauvoir, Le Sang des Autres

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Juil 02

“If the author knows in advance the conclusion he intends, if he insists upon pressing a predetermined thesis upon the reader, if he refuses to permit even the illusion of freedom, then … the novel has no value and dignity, which must be there if both author and reader are to discover something alive. It is this necessity that one speaks of … when one says that the novel must escape from its author, who must not dispose of his characters, but on the contrary must let them impose their will on him. A novel is not a manufactured object, and it is even pejorative to say that it is fabricated; without doubt it is absurd to say that heroes in the literal sense of the word are free, but in truth this freedom that one admires in the characters of Dostoevsky, for example, is that of the novelist himself who has respect for his creations, and the opacity of events which he evokes should manifest the resistance which he has met in the act of creation.” —

Simone de Beauvoir, “Literature and Metaphysics” (Deirdre Bair’s translation in Simone de Beauvoir: a biography, pp. 318-319)

(P.S.: The essay “Literature and Metaphysics” was written by Beauvoir in 1946 for Les Temps Modernes magazine. At the time Beauvoir was not a feminist and used the masculine form of language as expression of the generic or universal.)

Juil 01

Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Michel Foucault and Sigmund Freud by antisomber. What an awsome conversation they would have!
(And not peaceful at all. Merleau-Ponty was her great friend, although things became strange between them after he criticized The Second Sex and Sartre. She wrote a virulent essay called Merleau-Ponty and Pseudo-Sartreanism. Foucault didn’t seem to like her very much, nor Sartre, and criticized both in Les mots et les choses. And when it comes to Freud, enough to point what she writes about psychoanalysis in The Second Sex, but she was very interested in his ideas, mainly about childhood.)

Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Michel Foucault and Sigmund Freud by antisomber. What an awsome conversation they would have!

(And not peaceful at all. Merleau-Ponty was her great friend, although things became strange between them after he criticized The Second Sex and Sartre. She wrote a virulent essay called Merleau-Ponty and Pseudo-Sartreanism. Foucault didn’t seem to like her very much, nor Sartre, and criticized both in Les mots et les choses. And when it comes to Freud, enough to point what she writes about psychoanalysis in The Second Sex, but she was very interested in his ideas, mainly about childhood.)

Jui 27

“É porque minha subjetividade não é inércia, retiro sobre si, separação, mas, ao contrário, movimento para o outro, que a diferença entre o outro e eu é abolida e que posso chamar o outro de meu; apenas eu posso criar o laço que me une ao outro; crio-o pelo fato de que não sou uma coisa, mas um projeto de mim rumo ao outro, uma transcendência.” — Simone de Beauvoir, Pirro e Cinéias

Jui 26

Simone de Beauvoir à son bureau. Paris, 1955. Photo: Gisèle Freund.

Simone de Beauvoir à son bureau. Paris, 1955. Photo: Gisèle Freund.

Jui 24

“Literature is born when something in life goes slightly adrift.” — Simone de Beauvoir, Prime of Life.

Jui 21

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Simone de Beauvoir (forth from left in the second row) with her students and fellow teachers at lycée Jeanne D’Arc, Rouen, 1933. [Olga Kosakievicz is first from left in the bottom row.]

Simone de Beauvoir (forth from left in the second row) with her students and fellow teachers at lycée Jeanne D’Arc, Rouen, 1933. [Olga Kosakievicz is first from left in the bottom row.]