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Wartime Writings: 19431949
 
 
Author
Marguerite Duras. Linda Coverdale, trans.
Publisher New Press  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.9 x 5.95 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781595584526
Pages/Publication Date 296/2008
Daedalus Item Code 34940
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For decades it had been known that Goncourt Prize winner Marguerite Duras kept four notebooks in a blue closet in her country home in France, though few understood the importance of the material contained in them. Written between 1943 and 1949, here are unflinching notes on her youth in Indochina, on life during wartime and her work in the French Resistance with her husband Robert Antelme, and on life going on around her, as well as drafts of such works as The Lover, The War, and The Sea Wall. Duras, who also penned the screenplay for Hiroshima, Mon Amour, is one of France's leading literary figures of the 20th century, known for a spare, poetic style that emphasized what was not said.

"Laboratories for future works, [the notebooks] are filled not with hastily scribbled outpourings or jotted-down observations but, rather, with beautifully written swathes of autobiography, drafts of novels, and stories now published for the first time. Presented with illuminating commentary, Duras' notebooks are the wellspring for her indelible oeuvre. She reflects on the importance of preserving memory and demonstrates her gift for lyrical and searing stream-of-consciousness narration in a harrowing account of waiting for news of her missing husband, the Resistance fighter Robert Antelme. As the war churns to its terrible conclusion, she writes blazingly of religion, death, prejudice, and love. Duras is a writer of tempestuous feeling and stoicism, dissent and engagement, and every page she filled is worth reading."Booklist

 
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