The Death-Wish Revisited

Fitzsimmons, Thomas
March 1955
New Republic;3/7/55, Vol. 132 Issue 10, p18
The article focuses on the book "All Men Are Mortal," by Simone de Beauvoir. The author Beauvoir's All Men Are Mortal has been thoroughly damned by American reviewers since the English translation appeared here. The book invites rough treatment: it is not a successful novel both because of some very clumsy machinery used to introduce and, close the story and because lumps of Sartrian thought have been plopped into the story here and there, to give it another level. But aside from being among the most learned, and certainly the most graceful, of Sartrist existentialists writing fiction in France, de Beauvoir is a good story-teller, head and shoulders above Jean-Paul Sartre as a novelist.


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