Marguerite Duras: A Life

Marguerite Duras A Life When Marguerite Duras was published in France in it reached the top of the bestseller lists immediately and Duras who had led an unapologetically controversial life was propelled once again i

  • Title: Marguerite Duras: A Life
  • Author: Laure Adler Anne Marie Glasheen Anne-Marie Glasheen
  • ISBN: 9780226007588
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Marguerite Duras was published in France in 1998, it reached the top of the bestseller lists immediately, and Duras, who had led an unapologetically controversial life, was propelled once again into the headlines The author of The Lover, Hiroshima Mon Amour, and The War A Memoir, Duras has long been a symbol of France s complex role in World War II and the country sWhen Marguerite Duras was published in France in 1998, it reached the top of the bestseller lists immediately, and Duras, who had led an unapologetically controversial life, was propelled once again into the headlines The author of The Lover, Hiroshima Mon Amour, and The War A Memoir, Duras has long been a symbol of France s complex role in World War II and the country s troubled colonial relations in Asia, as well as a fascinating embodiment of the tensions between autobiography and fiction Now available in English, Marguerite Duras confronts the truths and falsehoods in the life of the enigmatic author.Adler, through her exploration of the events central to Duras s career, including her affair with and eventual denunciation of a Nazi collaborator and her childhood in Indochina, reveals Duras as the consummate pragmatist She has combed through archives, unearthed letters, studied unpublished manuscripts, and interviewed scores of Duras s friends, lovers, enemies, and colleagues as well as Duras herself and she emerges with the richest portrait we have of Duras s life her upbringing, her student days at the Sorbonne, her career as a novelist and filmmaker, and her involvement in French politics through the most complex decades of the twentieth century The masks and the truth was the headline of a French review of Marguerite Duras, and Adler explores both, probing the line between fiction and selfhood and between political activities and personal responsibility.

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    1. Duras's life was very turbulent and I found her biography more gripping than her writings! She did live in "interesting times", knew loads of intellectuals who've left more substantial legacies and drank (far too much) in all the most renowned drinking holes of mid-20th c Paris. She fell out with le Tout-Paris, and with anyone who dared to refuse her total worship. I wish there had been a chronology to refer to, as she had a long, unhappy life and many literary works, as well as cinema (some of [...]

    2. Πόσο κρίμα που δεν κυκλοφορεί αυτό το αριστούργημα πια. Είχε βγει στις αρχές του 2000 απο τις εκδόσεις Ηλέκτρα, αλλά σύντομα μας είπαν γκούντμπαι. Χρειάζεται να πω πως είμαι εκρηκρικά περήφανος που το χω στη συλλογή μου;(τους βαθμούς που βάλατε, τους λίγους βαθμούς που βάλατε, [...]

    3. Magnifique document sur Marguerite Duras, à picorer sans retenue, pour mieux découvrir l'univers de la romancière.

    4. Currently rented "The Lover" (steamy!) and am now wanting to learn more about this fascinating woman.Update (5/8/09): I didn't find her as fascinating as I thought I would. Didn't get very far in the memoir.

    5. LA bio de référence sur Marguerite Duras. De plus un très beau livre, qui rend chaque époque de sa vie passionnante (enfance pauvre en Indochine, Résistance, après-guerre, etc.). Un très beau livre.

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