Memoirs Of A Fox-hunting Man For Sale
Memoirs Of A Fox-hunting Man
Sassoon, Siegfried
Click to view details

de Beauvoir, Simone - The Mandarins - ( Item 127358 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2008. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Paris 1944. The German occupation is over and a mood of euphoria is sweeping the streets, but ex-Resistance fighter Henri is finding it 'a peace without sweetness'. He wants to travel, to write, to sleep with whom he pleases, but long-term partner Paula wants to revive their relationship. Best friend Robert has an appetite only for politics (though 'it was whispered that he drank and frequented brothels') and Anne, his wife, takes relief from the sheer complexity of it all in her long-distance affair with gritty Chicago writer, Lewis Brogan. These are Paris's intellectual elite. But while their parties sparkle with starlets and champagne, the daily revelations about concentration camps, Russian labour camps and reprisals cast long shadows. When it was first published, The Mandarins was praised for its depiction of the heady mix of excitement and despair that ran through Paris after The Liberation. But even more noted, perhaps, was the insight it gave into some of most brilliant minds of the day. Here was one of France's most celebrated writers revealing the sexual and political lives of her glamorous friends. Jean Paul Sartre (de Beauvoir's long-term lover) is Robert, Albert Camus is Henri, and Nelson Algren (with whom she had a much publicised affair) is Lewis. The book was awaited, as Doris Lessing explains, 'with the lubricious excitement used for fashionable gossip', and readers were not disappointed. Introduction by Doris Lessing. Translated by Leonard M. Friedman. Bound in cloth, blocked with a design by Christopher Corr. Set in Erhardt with Optima display. 656 pages; frontispiece and 14 full page colour illustrations. Size: 9 ins x 6 ins.

Price 28.60                 Other items you may like                 Others by the same author

***** Please note that prices are now inclusive of 2nd class post in the UK *****

To buy this item online using any major credit or debit card or Paypal, click the appropriate delivery option below to add the item to your basket, depending on where you are in the world. Alternatively please contact us at for further information or to order with payment by direct bank transfer or cheque if you are in the UK.

Safe and Secure Online Buying

To buy online, please click the appropriate postage option in the item boxes above. You will be transferred to secure pages hosted by Paypal, the largest online transaction processor in the world. You can pay with any major credit or debit card or by Paypal. When ordering multiple items in the UK, you may be entitled to a postage discount. This will be refunded when your order is received. If you prefer to pay by cheque, or would like a quotation for buying multiple items, please email us at with the unique item numbers required.

Money Back Guarantee, Secure Packaging and Fast Response

We are a major online trader with excellent feedback from satisfied customers on Amazon and Ebay (over 25,000 customers). We will refund your costs for items returned within seven days for any reason. If we are at fault we will also refund your return postage. Items are sent in top grade book boxes for protection. Large items or multiple purchases may be boxed. Items will be despatched within a day of receipt of your order, usually on the same day if ordered before noon.

[Back to top]

Useful Links

Home Page
Contact Us


Terms and conditions
Delivery information
About Ardis Books


Returns policy
Cancellation policy


Customer services
Email Ardis Books
What our customers say