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Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036941

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036941.001.0001

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(p.295) Introduction
Political Writings

Susan Rubin Suleiman

University of Illinois Press

These four short essays, written over a twenty-year period, are pièces de circonstance, each one linked to a specific occasion: the publication of a book by a young author, an op-ed piece for a daily newspaper, a symposium on Israel organized by left-wing Jewish intellectuals, the appearance of a film that would become revered around the world. Beauvoir’s essays here are modest efforts, in two cases simply brief prefaces to a much longer work; but read consecutively, they offer an excellent glimpse into the evolution of French public discourse about the Holocaust and about Israel. They also show Beauvoir’s own unwavering commitment to thinking about the implications and consequences of the major atrocity of the twentieth century, as well as her personal interest in the Jewish state....

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