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SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR AND JEAN-PAUL SARTRE PORTRAYED

Thu 17-01-2013 17:30

Lecture

Madeleine Gobeil, a long-time friend of Simone de Beauvoir and a literature professor and journalist, will talk about these legendary French writers at the screening of her documentary film featuring the iconic couple.

Madeleine Gobeil who, for 27 years, was director of Arts and Cultural Life at Unesco’s Paris headquarters, was 15 when she started corresponding with Simone de Beauvoir. They finally met in 1958 in Paris, and the friendship that grew out of this encounter was to last until the writer passed away in 1986. In1967, for the first time, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir agreed to take part in a do-cumentary film that would cover their lifework and thought. In the film, Simone de Beauvoir talks about her four-volume memoirs project. She also addresses woman’s condition in 1967, speaks of her literary project and discusses with a burning lucidity her love for life and her despair at seeing time slip by and death approaching. As for Jean-Paul Sartre, he speaks of his commitment as a writer and a citizen, his turning down the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964, and the role of intellectuals in the world. 
During her talk, Madeleine Gobeil will set both writers in their times, describe her friendship with them, and answer questions from the audience after the screening of the film.

Facts at a Glance

Date and Time: Thursday, Jan. 17, 17:30
Venue: Alliance française Bangkok’s Media Library
Free admission
For more information: Tel.: 02 670 42 41
mediatheque@remove-this.alliance-francaise.or.th

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