Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras

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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'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 She has combed through archives, unearthed letters, studied unpublished manuscripts, and interviewed scores of Duras's friends, lovers, enemies, and colleagues—as well as Duras herself—and she emerges with the richest portrait we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.


Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the French author focuses attention on her unconventional lifestyle, her career as an author, and her relationship with a Nazi collaborator.

Book News
Marguerite Duras lived a full artistic life as a novelist, journalist, filmmaker, playwright, and director. French journalist and historian Adler examines this prolific, brilliant, and troubled writer's life, aided by photographs, Duras's published and unpublished texts, and taped interviews with Duras. Adler also traces Duras's involvement in the key political events of her time, including her opposition to the Algerian War and her exuberant response to the events of May, 1968. Translated from the French edition (Editions Gallimard, Paris 1998). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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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'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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An honest portrait of the French author focuses attention on her unconventional lifestyle, her career as the author of The Lover and Hiroshima Mon Amour, and her relationship with a Nazi collaborator.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780226007588
0226007588
Branch Call Number: B DUR
Characteristics: viii, 424 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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