Summer Rain by Marguerite Duras

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Rootless, marginalized, and uneducated, a large immigrant family struggles to live in Paris, feeling cast off by an indifferent society yet bound together by a powerful intimacy.

About Marguerite Duras

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Marguerite Duras may well be the most important French writer of our day. Born in Indochina, she went to Paris at the age of 17 and studied at the Sorbonne. During World War II, she joined the Resistance and published her first books. After the liberation, like many intellectuals, she became a member of the Communist party (from which she was expelled in 1955). Her fame in literature dates from The Sea Wall (1953) about white settlers in Vietnam and based loosely on her childhood. Seeking meaning and fulfillment, the characters in her novels are sacrificed to the ever-flowing tide of existence, and life is perhaps over before they are fully aware of what has been happening. Associated early on with the "new novelists," Duras's work has taken on a density and power that sets her apart by its obsessive exploration of the dual theme of love and death. In 1959 she wrote her first film scenario, Hiroshima, Mon Amour, and has since been involved in a number of other films, including India Song, Baxter, Vera Baxter, Le Camion (The Truck), and The Lover.
Published May 1, 1992 by Scribner. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Short and pregnant with silence, as Duras's work tends to be, it's the story of an immigrant Italian welfare- family living in the Paris suburb of Vitry--a poor and illiterate family whose purity of heart squeezes up a prodigy, the oldest son, Ernesto.

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In an afterword, Duras ( The Lover ) claims this story is mostly autobiographical, but it reads like a twisted fairy tale.

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This disappointing fairy tale about a poor immigrant family living in a Paris suburb derives from a film that Duras directed in 1984.

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Summer Rain, a short novel by the veteran French writer (The Lover, The War) describes an uneducated immigrant family living in suburban Paris.

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