- Title Pages
- Foreword to the Beauvoir Series
- Four Days in Madrid
- Portugal Under the Salazar Regime
- Poetry and Truth of the Far West
- Must we burn sade?
- Right-Wing Thought Today
- Merleau-Ponty and Pseudo-Sartreanism
- Preface to <i>Djamila Boupacha</i>
- In France Today, Killing Goes Unpunished
- Preface to <i>Treblinka</i>
- Syria and its Prisoners
- Solidarity with Israel
- Preface to <i>Shoah</i>
- A Walk Through the Land of Old Age
- Production Credits
- (p.1) Introduction
- Political Writings
Margaret A. Simons
- University of Illinois Press
This introductory chapter provides an overview of Simone de Beauvoir's post-World War II political engagement. The key to Beauvoir's post-World War II political engagement is, of course, her experience of the war itself—an experience recounted in her Wartime Diary (2009) and in The Blood of Others (1945), a novel set in the French Resistance and written during the Nazi Occupation. Although Beauvoir escaped the worst horrors of the war—on the front lines or in the concentration camps—she lost friends murdered by the Nazis and found her own life profoundly changed. Indeed, the Occupation that began in June 1940 confronted her with the realization that freedom, which she had assumed to be a metaphysical given, was contingent upon an economic and political situation that she had previously ignored.
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