Item #102947 The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir.

The Mandarins,

London: Collins, 1957. Original red cloth boards, dustjacket, pp 702. Second impression (March 1957), one month after the first. Some wear to the top edge of the dutjacket, small closed tears. Scattered light foxing to the preliminary pages, otherwise clean. Very good condition in like d.j., protected.

Prix-Goncourt winning novel which follows the personal lives of a close-knit group of French intellectuals from the end of World War II to the mid-1950s. (The title refers to the scholar-bureaucrats of imperial China.) The book is considered to be a 'roman a clef': e.g. the character Henri Perron is considered to be Albert Camus, Robert Dubreuilh is considered to be Jean-Paul Sartre, and Anne Dubreuilh Beauvoir herelf. The book was a sensation. It is a work of philosophy (like all Beauvoir's work) as well as a novel. Item #102947

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