Books by Marguerite Duras

The daughter of French schoolteachers, Marguerite Duras (1914-1996) was born in Vietnam. At age 17 she moved to France where she studied law and politics. She is the author of a great many novels, plays, films, and short narratives, including her best-sel

ABAHN SABANA DAVID by Marguerite Duras
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite some clunky political commentary, a gripping meditation on the nature of fear, silence, and survival."
In English for the first time, a 1970 French novel from prolific experimentalist Duras (The Lover, 1984, etc.) Read full book review >
L'AMOUR by Marguerite Duras
Released: July 16, 2013

"The novel doesn't work well as a stand-alone. And reading the prequel is no guarantee that the reader will get it."
Duras' novel, published in French in 1971, debuts in its English translation (Emily L., 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
WRITING by Marguerite Duras
Released: May 30, 1998

"Rereading The Lover might be the only antidote to so much discomfort."
In this very slender volume, Duras shares with us the writer's preoccupations with the distance between life and writing, and the contradiction between writing and silence. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"For die-hard Duras fans only."
A slim memoir of a revitalizing love affair, overwhelmed by intellectual overkill. Read full book review >
SUMMER RAIN by Marguerite Duras
Released: May 1, 1992

"Slight and silly and adrip with intellectual attitude."
Duras, in an afterword, explains that this present book was written as a kind of appendage to and reworking of a movie she'd made, The Children. Read full book review >
EMILY L. by Marguerite Duras
Released: May 15, 1989

Duras (The Lover; The War, etc.) here offers a wise, graceful book, at once modern in its self-consciousness and classic in its clarity. Read full book review >