Published for the first time in Britain, this extraordinary novel, considered by many to be one of the finest examples of Simone de Beauvoir's imaginative writing, tells the story of a man doomed to immortality. When the beautiful, ambitious actress, Regina, takes Fosca into her life and learns the amazing truth, she is obsessed by the thought that in his memory her performances will live for ever. But, as he recounts the story of his existence over more than six centuries, as she learns of his involvement in some of the most significant events in history and how human hope and love have withered in him, she finally understands the implications for himm and for love.
Regina is a talented actress, a modern woman of her time, the 1940s. When she meets the unconventional Fosca, an ascetic who appears to subsist without eating, who she suspects as some kind of fakery. But gradually Fosca's story unfolds: born in 1279, he accepted immortality in a dare with a sorcerer, believing it to be the greatest prize life could hold. Now, more than six centuries later, having presided over the rise and fall of kingdoms, having watched a succession of wives, children and grandchildren die before him, he has come to regard his state as a curse. De Beauvoir chronicles Regina's changing feelings towards Fosca as he tells his story. The first British publication of this extraordinary novel is a timely reminder that Simone de Beavoir was a gifted, imaginative writer, as well as a great thinker. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: January 1996
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.31