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Marguerite Duras was one the leading intellectuals and novelists of post-war France.

She kept four notebooks in a cupboard in her country home in France, but until recently the importance of the material she wrote between 1943 and 1949 was not recognised.

These notebooks retrace the formative experiences in Duras' life – her difficult childhood in Indochina; her harrowing wait for her husband's return from concentration camp – and reveal the personal history behind her bestselling novels The Lover and La Douleur. These are intimate documents, chronicling each hope and disappointment with a spontaneity and authenticity that make for an unparalleled sense of closeness with the reader.

As an insight into the life and work of a major European writer this is an utterly absorbing volume.

About the Author

Marguerite Duras was one of France's outstanding authors and playwrights of the second half of the 20th century, famously Hiroshima, Mon Amour. She came to be celebrated in late life for two bestselling works, published in Britain as The Lover and La Douleur.

Linda Coverdale is an awarding-winner translator living in New York City.



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      Despite what i felt as a dark depressing undertone i persevered to near half the book but the pressure on my soul was too much. Hard to follow and connectivity difficulty for me regarding names and relevance due to notebook style of writing.
      Left me with a strongly hollow feeling inside and a sense as if i lost something or contaminated by something i cannot describe the quality of other than like a dark stain that cannot be washed off...

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      As fresh, as original and as mesmerizing as on the day they were written' Carmen Callil, Guardian. One of the greatest lyrical voices of our time' Aamer Hussein, Independent. 'By turns ardent, raging, sensual and embittered... A dreamlike, savage world, in which the great themes of love, war and death found their most recklessly impassioned chronicler' Olivia Laing, Observer. 'The work cuts to the bone: distressing and illuminating as the texts are about the nature of war and the self, and the eroticism of grief and violence... Enough to make you change your view of history' Fay Weldon.

      I. The Wartime Notebooks
      Pink Marbled Notebook
      Introduction 5
      Childhood and Adolescence in Indochina 7
      Ter of the Militia (Rough Draft) 59
      Wife to Marcel 69
      Albert of the Capitals (Rough Draft) 71
      The Rue de la Gaiete 85
      The Sea Wall (Rough Draft) 87
      Expecting 89
      The Sea Wall (Rough Draft) 91
      20th Century Press Notebook
      Introduction 107
      Theodora 109
      The War (Rough Draft) 119
      Hundred Page Notebook
      Introduction 145
      The War (Rough Draft) 147
      Beige Notebook
      Introduction 175
      The Sea Wall (Rough Draft) 177
      The Horror of Such Love (Rough Draft) 185
      Holiday with D 189
      Memories of Italy 191
      Did Not Die Deported 209
      The Sailor from Gibraltar (Rough Draft) 215
      Rue Saint-Benoit: Madame Dodin (Rough Draft) 221
      II. Other Texts
      Introduction 261
      Boundless Childhood 263
      Cambodian Dancers 277
      Is That You, Sister Marguerite?
      Horror 287
      The Bible 295
      The Stolen Pigeons 299
      Eda or the Leaves 307
      The Wartime Notebooks and the Published Works of Marguerite Duras 321
      Index of People and Characters 325
      Detailed Table of Contents 331

      ISBN: 9781847247339
      ISBN-10: 1847247334
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 336
      Published: 6th January 2011
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2  x 2.7
      Weight (kg): 0.214
      Edition Number: 1