Let me urge you to read The Woman Destroyed, Beauvoir's series of short stories with the backdrop of postwar Paris struggling to make sense of a new world. She tells the tale of three women: one tortured by her husband, another tortured by her son, and the last tortured by herself. This book is the nexus of the theory behind The Second Sex and the brilliant prose of The Mandarins.
—Charlotte— From Staff Picks
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 Beauvoir’s remarkable insights into women, The Woman Destroyed gives us a legendary writer at her best.
Simone de Beauvoir was born in Paris in 1908. In 1929 she became the youngest person ever to obtain the agrégation in philosophy at the Sorbonne, placing second on the exam to Jean-Paul Sartre. She taught at lycées in Marseille and Rousen from 1931 to 1937, and in Paris from 1938 to 1943. After World War II, she emerged as one of the leaders of the existentialist movement, working with Sartre on Les Temps Modernes. The author of many acclaimed works, de Beauvoir was one of the most influential thinkers of her generation. She died in 1986.