Previously unpublished in the UK, this is Simone de Beauvoir's captivating novel about long-term relationships, getting older and how to live a good life. A captivating novella about long-term relationships, getting older and how to live a good life, by the great Simone de Beauvoir. Nicole and Andre, a retired French couple, take a summer holiday to Russia. It is the 1960s and Russia is a beautiful, complicated place. Their guide is Macha, Andre's daughter from a previous relationship - a woman they both love. Adventure, inspiration, good food and good vodka are promised. Once thrilled by their romance, Nicole and Andre have now become too used to each other. Both harbour a growing feeling of not being fully understood - of being alone. Father and daughter engage in the grand debates of East-West relations, nationalism and socialism. But getting older, long-term relationships and how to enjoy life turn out to be the more pressing issues.