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Simone de Beauvoir, the passion of freedom

Written by eastern writer on Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Literary Magazine n°471.
January 2008

In the Ceremony of the good-byes, Simone de Beauvoir notes qu’in November 1976 the literary Magazine published "a length and very interesting" maintenance with Sartre with Michel Sicard in connection with L’Idiotic of the family. As D’different events with the glory of Sartre had surrounded this number, Simone de Beauvoir, S’while congratulating for him, S’exclaimed: "What a beautiful come-back! "And Sartre to answer, malicieusement: "a funerary come-back" Its health did not cease being degraded and Beauvoir consigned with a precision relentless the stages of this slow dilapidation in a newspaper which will give the Ceremony of the good-byes.

C’is aujourd’today with the turn of Simone de Beauvoir to make its come-back. Hundred years after its birth – on January 9, 1908 – a come-back D’in addition to-falls! Through various conferences, special numbers, biographical republications, and tests – of which that of Daniele Sallenave – this commemoration will be abundantly celebrated. Beauvoir left its purgatory to become a figure prodigiously present and alive. L’History gave wrong to those which décrièrent combat qu’it carried out for the women, reproaching him for alienating them with the male model. L’one of the large priestesses of the MLF, Antoinette Fouque, had these terrible words at the following day of its death: "This death N’is not an event. C’is an adventure which perhaps will accelerate L’entered of the women the xxie century "Judgement extremely hasty whose virulence is with L’image of the attacks undergone by Beauvoir throughout its life.

Vilified in France at the time of its publication, the Second Sex had to await the American dedication for S’to impose as a book founder of the feminist thought; aujourd’today still, in fact the theories of the kind, developed on the other side of the Atlantic put at the foreground the analyses of Beauvoir. In two short sentences, L’author of the Second Sex opened an immense breach: "One is not born woman. It is become ", wrote it since 1949, putting at bottom the quiet certainty of the triumphing patriarchate.

Beyond the combat for the women, Beauvoir knew to develop a philosophy which one perceives aujourd’today L’extreme richness. According to its most radical disciples, it would have blown in Sartre the premises of the thought existentialist. More certainly, it knew, starting from the substrate which was common for them, to develop an original philosophy, L’applying as well to female condition qu’with the question of the old age, in connection with which it had also a role of pionnière. It is time to read again its tests like its autobiographical novels and its accounts. L’together of sound œuvre, marked by the taste of the word right and sparing, guard an intact force.


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