Jul 14, 2022
In Education Forum
April 1946 seemed to have arrived early, the weather was mild, and Beauvoir didn't wear stockings or a coat. One day at lunch, Beauvoir's mother told her that everyone was reading a book by a Hungarian ex-Communist named Arthur Kosler, called "The Darkness of Noonday" (Le Zéro et l'infini). Beauvoir had read the book on its first day in 1945, before it hit the market. After a few months, "Darkness at Noon" was an instant hit as soon as it was published—seven thousand copies were sold in the first month, and by April 1945, it had sold 50,000 copies. 250,000 copies were sold in May of 2008, and the sales volume will reach 500,000 by the end of the year, which is Kosler's best performance in the publishing industry. After lunch, the sun was just right, and Beauvoir didn't want company banner design to go back to the hotel. She went straight to the green bar on Jacob Road to find Jacques-Lohon Bosch. Beauvoir doesn't like the bar as much as Greco: the posters are nice, but the red tables and green walls are so horrible that Beauvoir almost vomited. Everyone in the bar was also discussing Kessler's book. The newspaper's gossip column said Beauvais and Saud had abandoned the Café Flore and now only go to the basement bar of the Ponte Royal Hotel. As soon as the news came out, Beauvoir said to Xiao Bo, "Let's celebrate!" and then took him to Hua Shen to order ice cream - now everyone thought that she would no longer patronize Hua Shen, and it seemed that she could finally return to Hua Shen. God enjoys the silence. They met Giacometti and Tristan Chara in Flore who were talking about "Darkness at Noon." Giacometti is the only one who speaks about the book, Beauvoir thought. Thinking of Kessler's strong writing style, Beauvoir couldn't help but think that perhaps writing was a bit of sex for him, or, as Beauvoir put it: "Sometimes after burning the sundial and trying to write for days. , would feel like an overindulgent flounder washed up on the rocks on the shore with only half his life left and hollowed out." On May 5, 1946, the day of the referendum arrived.