A captivating novella by one of the most important thinkers, writers and feminists of the twentieth century, 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 bigger issues.