Two by Duras by Marguerite Duras

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two novellas, w/an interview, tr Alberto Manguel
 

About Marguerite Duras

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Marguerite Duras was born in Gia-Dinh, Indochina on April 4, 1914. After attending school in Saigon, she moved to Paris, France to study law and political science. After graduation, she worked as a secretary in the French Ministry of the Colonies until 1941. During World War II, she joined the Resistance and published her first books. After the liberation, she became a member of the French Communist Party, and though she later resigned, she always described herself as a Marxist. Her first book, Les Impudents, was published in 1943. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 70 novels, plays, screenplays and adaptations. Her novels include The Sea Wall, The Lover, The Lover from Northern China, The War, and That's All. 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. She died on March 4, 1996 at the age of 81.
 
Published September 1, 1993 by Coach House Pr. 91 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This engrossing volume of newly published material from French novelist and memoirist Duras's wartime notebooks contains writing as roiled and violent as the years that produced it.

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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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To further explore the bounds of unconventional or illicit love, Duras interweaves a semi-mythic tale about Johanna, an 18-year-old camp counselor who loves a six-year-old orphan named Samuel Steiner.

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This loosely knit collection of intensely personal pieces captures the wide-ranging interests and sharp-eyed intellectual focus of France's grande dame of letters.

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are the authentic kings of this world.'' Duras also calls the awarding of the Prix Goncourt to her book, The Lover ``something ridiculous!'' and explains why the book cannot properly be called an autobiography, ``even if that which is told in the text really happened.'' An afterword by Manguel an...

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