The Wretched of the Earth

“A Bitter Disappointment,” Edward Said on His Encounter with Sartre, De Beauvoir and Foucault

“A Bitter Disappointment,” Edward Said on His Encounter with Sartre, De Beauvoir and Foucault

AUGUST 26, 2014 EUGENE WOLTERS In 1979, Edward Said was invited by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to France for a conference on Middle East peace. It was in the wake of the Camp David Accords that ended the war between Egypt and Israel, that the author of “Orientalism” and ardent supporter of the Palestinian people, was invited to contribute with other prominent thinkers. Said offered effusive praise for Sartre when recounting his adventure, writing for the London Review of Books: