gkenyon, December 1, 2008 (view all comments by gkenyon)
Wrong, and wrong.
This is not the best translation available from the French of Le deuxième sexe, it's the only one. The publisher (Alfred A. Knopf) who owns the translation rights is blocking the release of a new complete translation, as has been demanded by Beauvoir and by her literary executor.
It was done by a zoologist with no background in feminism or in philosophy. About 200 pages of content are cut, and what was cut shows a sexist bias toward the content in the original French. Philosophical concepts are mangled by the translator and it is in fact impossible for the English-speaking reader to fully understand the thesis put forth by Beauvoir without consulting a version in another language or a work that outlines some of the discrepancies in the Knopf version.
As much as this is a fantastic and essential book, it will be best to wait for the release of a new English translation (which is rumoured to be forthcoming).
refer, if you like, to this new york times article:
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http:// query.nytimes.com/ gst/fullpage.html?res= 9402EED6163F F931A1575BC0A962 9C8B63&page wanted=all
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venusinfauxfurz, April 23, 2007 (view all comments by venusinfauxfurz)
The best English translation available, although there are a few rough patches and is actually an abriged version of the original French text. Translation issues aside, it's a good edition of a very important book.
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Currer1013, December 29, 2006 (view all comments by Currer1013)
Perhaps the best translation of de Beauvoir's work, it is also the most accessible. This is one of those books that answered questions that had plagued me for years, such as, "why is feminism failing as a movement?" and "why is a global feminism so difficult"? Give a copy to every budding feminist, stringent anti-feminist, and confused or curious person on your list.
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