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  • Published: 3 October 2024
  • ISBN: 9781802065817
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

The Blood of Others




Potent and vividly emotional, Simone de Beauvoir’s captivating novel questions freedom and individual responsibility in the face of brutality

‘These carefree faces, on which we allowed our smiles to spread, were for others the mask of tragedy.’

Jean Blomart, patriot leader against the German forces of occupation, waits throughout an endless night for his wounded lover, Hélène, to die. Told through memories of his and her life, The Blood of Others paints an intense and moving picture of their love story and life in German occupied Paris during the Second World War. In the face of a seemingly unstoppable force, Hélène and Jean are confronted by the illusion of freedom and made to question their individual roles in the collective struggle against fascism, with devastating consequences.

First published in 1945, this powerful novel resonates profoundly today and brings the ideas of one of the most important existentialist thinkers to life in spellbinding prose.

With an Introduction by Ali Smith.

  • Published: 3 October 2024
  • ISBN: 9781802065817
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

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