By Simone de Beauvoir
Translated by means of Patrick O'Brian
A really easy loss of life has lengthy been one of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly relocating, daily recounting of her mother’s demise “shows the ability of compassion while it really is allied with acute intelligence” (The Sunday Telegraph).
Powerful, touching, and occasionally surprising, this is often an end-of-life account that no reader is probably going to disregard.
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But what can I do ? ’ Murray was all smiles, tiny pig eyes twinkling. I knew then that we were in for a major row. Normally he is disagreeable when we meet, but then, with the breaking of the breads, we become chummy. This was obviously going to be the breaking of the asses. He examined my camera as though he knew how it worked, get ting fingerprints all over the lens. ’ As much as I like praise, I’ve come to dread Murray’s mention of the film; it is always the first move in an offensive action.
And, incidentally, Phamabazus tells me you are not to call yourself Empress He l e n a But that is my title. h e r o s t r a t u s He says not. Besides, you’re Greek, and we have no emperors. To be Helena, daughter of Lagus, is quite enough He l e n a What you are trying to tell me is that I must now give precedence to Artemisa. You would like that, wouldn’t you? And so would she. Artemisa is Queen of Caria while Helena is simply a daughter of Lagus. h e r o s t r a t u s Y o u are both daughters o f Lagus.
They’ve prevented Murray from having the courage of his own vulgarity. So I took a crack at the script. I locked myself into the room, hunched over the broken Corona (the V is now gone. I use an ‘x’. It drives Murray wild), and wrote the script in seven days. Then the troubles began. 33 Now I can understand why. I’ve read the script which Marietta wants me to sell, and it is impossible by any standard. A per fect example of what happens when two people who have not the slightest understanding of each other decide to work to gether on a subject neither has any feeling for.