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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 She has combed through archives, unearthed letters, studied unpublished manuscripts, and interviewed scores of Duras's friends, lovers, enemies, and colleagues—as well as Duras herself—and she emerges with the richest portrait we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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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Adler examines this prolific, brilliant, and troubled writer's life, aided by photographs, Duras's published and unpublished texts, and taped interviews with Duras.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).
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About the Author

Laure Adler is a historian and journalist who served as a cultural adviser to the Office of the French Presidency from 1989 to 1992. She is the author of numerous books, including L'amour à l'arsenic: histoirede Marie Lafarge, Les femmes politiques, and L'année des adieux.

Anne-Marie Glasheen's translations include two collections of plays by contemporary playwrights and seveal novel, most notably Oedipus on the Road by Henry Bauchau. She is a past Chair of the Translators Association, and in 1998 she was awarded the literary translation prize by the Communauté française de Belgique.

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1. A Child of Indo-China

2. The Mother

3. The Lover

4. Rue Saint-Benoît

5. From Collaboration to Resistance

6. The Road to Liberation

7. The Party

8. Motherhood

9. How Can Anyone Not Write?

10. The Journalist

11. Roots and Revolt

12. In the Dark Room

13. The Street and the Camera

14. The Duras Cult

15. Yann

16. The Lover

17. Eyes Wide Open to Nowhere


The complete works of Marguerite Duras



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Glasheen, Anne-Marie
Glasheen, Anne-Marie
Adler, Laure
University of Chicago Press
20th century
Authors, french
Authors, French -- 20th century.
Duras, Marguerite
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