In three immensely intelligent stories about the decay of passion ( The Sunday Herald Times [London]), Simone de Beauvoir draws us into the lives of three women, all past their first youth, all facing unexpected crises. Enthralling as faction, suffused with de Beauvoirs remarkable insights into women, The Woman Destroyed gives us a legendary writer at her best.
A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoirs masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mothers death shows the power of compassion when it is allied with acute intelligence ( The Sunday Telegraph ). Powerful, touching, and sometimes shocking, this is an end-of-life account that no reader is likely to forget. Translated by Patrick O'Brian