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- DescriptionTranslated from the French by Benjamin Ivry, Simone Weil was one of the twentieth century s most original philosopher-critics, and as a result her legacy has been claimed by many. This memoir by Weil s niece is strong-willed and incisive and as close as we are likely to get to the real Simone Weil. Born into a freethinking Jewish family, Weil contributed many articles to Socialist and Communist journals and was active in the Spanish Civil War until her health failed. In 1940 she became strongly attracted to Roman Catholicism and the Passion of Christ. Most of her works, published posthumously, continue to inform debates in ethics, philosophy, and spirituality surrounding questions of sacrifice, asceticism, and the virtues of manual labor. Massively influential, Weil s writings were widely praised by such readers as Albert Camus, T. S. Eliot, Simone de Beauvoir, Pope John XXIII, Czeslaw Milosz, and Susan Sontag. Sylvie Weil recovers the deeply Jewish nature of Simone s thinking and details how her preoccupations with charity and justice were fully in the tradition of tzedakah, the Jewish religious obligation toward these actions.Using previously unpublished family correspondence and conversations, Sylvie Weil offers a more authentically personal portrait of her aunt than previous biographers have provided. At Home with Andre and Simone Weil illuminates Simone s relationship to her family, especially to her brother, the great Princeton mathematician Andre Weil. A clear-eyed and uncompromising memoir of her family, At Home with Andre and Simone Weil is a fresh look at the ted French philosopher, mystic, and social activist.
- Author BiographySylvie Weil is the niece of Simone Weil and the daughter of Andre Weil. She earned her degrees in classics and French literature at the Sorbonne. She was a professor of French literature, and is the author of several award-winning works of fiction for adults and for young adults. Her novels have been published in the United States: My Guardian Angel (2007) and Elvina s Mirror (2009). Benjamin Ivry s previous books include biographies of Arthur Rimbaud, Maurice Ravel, and Francis Poulenc. He has translated French authors such as Andre Gide, Jules Verne, Balthus, and Witold Gombrowicz.
- Author(s)Sylvie Weil
- PublisherNorthwestern University Press
- Date of Publication15/09/2010
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Place of PublicationEvanston
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNorthwestern University Press
- Weight372 g
- Width161 mm
- Height219 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Translated byBenjamin Ivry
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