- Title Pages
- Foreword to the Beauvoir Series
- The Useless Mouths
- It’s Shakespeare they Don’t Like
- The Novel and the Theater
- An American Renaissance in France
- New Heroes for Old
- Existentialist Theater
- A Story I Used to Tell Myself
- Preface To <i>La Bâtarde</i> by Violette Leduc
- What Can Literature Do?
- Misunderstanding in Moscow
- My Experience as a Writer
- Introduction to <i>Bluebeard and Other Fairy Tales</i>
- Preface to <i>James Joyce in Paris: His Final Years</i>
- Preface To <i>Amélie 1</i>
- Foreword to <i>History: A Novel</i>
- Notes for a Novel
- Books in the Beauvoir Series
- Production Credits
Preface To Amélie 1
Preface To Amélie 1
- (p.322) Preface To Amélie 1
- The Useless Mouths and Other Literary Writings
Simone de Beauvoir, Marybeth Timmermann
Janella D. Moy
- University of Illinois Press
This book is the true story of a youth that is consumed in a potash mine in Alsace twenty years ago.1 With fascinating precision, it introduces us to the techniques of an exhausting and dangerous job that—at least to my knowledge—has never been described. But its value surpasses, and by far, that of a simple document. In a darkly passionate tone, the author reconstitutes an entire human experience for us—the experience of a “wood-louse of a man who scrapes at the salt nine hundred meters down.” He tells us of his fatigue, his fear, his resignation, his rebellion, his suffering: “A suffering measurable in centigrade degrees, in dry temperature, in liters of sweat lost, in the number of scabs on the skin where the potash penetrates like an acid, like a tongue of fire.” He has us enter into his night: an exhausting obscurity that “consumes both the living strength of man and his thoughts.” Yet something human remains in these annihilated individuals, each of whom feels like “the twin brother of the other.” This humanness is found in the relationships that they maintain with each other. Henri Keller tells us about them ...
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