L'AMANTE ANGLAISE by Marguerite Duras


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Associations assumptions--inferences--speculations, these are the small change of Me. Duras' experience which she converts with such expertise into books, films, or books for films. Even the title is deceptive; it refers to a misspelling (la menthe--mint) which the central character. Claire Lannes, discouraged from reading or writing and obviously spelling by her authoritarian husband, commits. These are after all tools of the intelligence, one of the primary, indirect referrals here when a headless horror of a dismembered body is found, and all the pieces except the head are located by the police. So is the murderer who is Claire Lannes, admittedly, and while the facts are given, the motivations are equally obscure and refracted intermittently through taped transcripts (hers and her husband's) which may possibly enlighten the police or the reader. ""There's something dimly visible but it's impossible to say what."" This is always true of Me, Duras' works few writers can use simplicity to such subtle effect and with such shaded, shadowed fascination.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1968
Publisher: Grove