Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A DANGEROUS LIASION in New York Post's Page Six

Leave it to Page Six of The New York Post to uncover the most salacious bits of information on the intimate lives of Jean-Paul Sarte and Simone de Beauvoir, the subject of A Dangerous Liasion by Caroline Seymour-Jones:

Famed French existentialist Jean-Paul Sarte had a lifelong affair with philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, but was turned off by her voracious sex drive, a new bio reveals. "Sartre was bewildered by the sexual demands made of him, which he found impossible to meet," writes Caroline Seymour-Jones in A Dangerous Liasion, out in September.

Finally available in the U.S., A Dangerous Liasion is a compelling and fascinating account of what lay behind the legend that this brilliant, tempestuous couple created. Moving from the corridors of the Sorbonne to the cafés of Paris’s Left Bank, we discover how the strikingly beautiful and gifted young Simone DeBeauvoir came to fall in love with the squinting, arrogant, hard drinking Jean-Paul Sartre. We learn about that first summer of 1929, filled with heated debates that went on long into the night, sexual rivalry and betrayal, and the dangerous ideas that led people to experiment with new ways of behaving. We hear how Sartre compromised with the Nazis and fell into a Soviet honey-trap. Thanks to recently discovered letters written by the avowed feminist DeBeauvoir, Seymour-Jones reveals the darker, more dangerous side to their philosophy of free love, including Simone’s lesbianism and her pimping of younger girls for Jean-Paul in order to keep his love.

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