L'Amour was recently published by Open Letter Books a small literary press devoted to works in translation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marguerite Duras was born in Giadinh, Vietnam (then Indochina) to French parents. During her lifetime she wrote dozens of plays, film scripts, and novels, including The Ravishing of Lol Stein, The Sea Wall, and Hiroshima, Mon Amour, and was associated with the nouveau roman (or new novel) French literary movement. Duras is probably most well known for The Lover, an autobiographical work that received the Goncourt prize in 1984 and was made into a film in 1992. She died in Paris in 1996.
A man—the traveler—arrives in the seaside town of S. Thala with the intent to abandon his present, and instead finds himself abruptly reintroduced to his past. Through his subsequent interactions with “her,” the woman to whom he was briefly engaged as a young man over twenty years ago, and “him,” the man who walks and keeps watch over “her,” the traveler is soon drawn back in and acclimated to the strange timelessness and company that is S. Thala. Written in a stark and cinematic narrative style, this sequel to Duras’s 1964 novel The Ravishing of Lol Stein is a curious, yet haunting representation of the human memory: what we choose to recall, what we choose to forget, and how reliable we ultimately decide ourselves to be.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATORS
Kazim Ali is author of two volumes of poetry, The Far Mosque (Alice James Books, 2005) and The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions, 2008), four books of prose, a collection of critical writing, Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence (University of Michigan Press, 2010), and the inspirational memoir Fasting for Ramadan (Tupelo Press, 2011)--as well as a mixed-genre book, Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press, 2009). Founding editor of Nightboat Books, he now teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Oberlin College and in the University of Southern Maine's low-residency M.F.A. program.
Libby Murphy teaches courses in modern and contemporary French literature and in advanced conversation, composition, and textual analysis. Her research interests center on French literature and culture of the First World War, the history of French journalism, and theories of the novel. She has published articles on print culture and the First World War, on literary representations of the French Infantryman or poilu, and on the reception in wartime and postwar France of the films of Charlie Chaplin. She is currently working on a cultural history of the First World War that develops the literary mode of the picaresque as a conceptual framework for understanding the ways in which French novelists, journalists, graphic artists and cultural critics attempted to make sense of the Great War.
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