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Marguerite Duras was born in Gia-Dinh, Indochina on April 4, 1914. After attending school in Saigon, she moved to Paris, France to study law and political science. After graduation, she worked as a secretary in the French Ministry of the Colonies until 1941. During World War II, she joined the Resistance and published her first books. After the liberation, she became a member of the French Communist Party, and though she later resigned, she always described herself as a Marxist. Her first book, Les Impudents, was published in 1943. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 70 novels, plays, screenplays and adaptations. Her novels include The Sea Wall, The Lover, The Lover from Northern China, The War, and That's All. In 1959, she wrote her first film scenario, Hiroshima, Mon Amour, and has since been involved in a number of other films, including India Song, Baxter, Vera Baxter, Le Camion (The Truck), and The Lover. She died on March 4, 1996 at the age of 81. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Lover 4,603 copies, 140 reviews
Hiroshima Mon Amour 777 copies, 7 reviews
The Ravishing of Lol Stein 739 copies, 10 reviews
The War: A Memoir 721 copies, 11 reviews
Moderato cantabile 718 copies, 10 reviews
The North China Lover 667 copies, 9 reviews
The Sea Wall 486 copies, 6 reviews
Blue Eyes, Black Hair 420 copies, 7 reviews
The Malady of Death 359 copies, 7 reviews
The Vice Consul 306 copies, 4 reviews
The Sailor from Gibraltar 276 copies, 11 reviews
Writing 276 copies, 4 reviews
Practicalities 244 copies, 3 reviews
Destroy, She Said 240 copies, 3 reviews
Emily L. 239 copies, 3 reviews
Ten-Thirty on a Summer Night 215 copies, 3 reviews
Summer Rain 215 copies, 1 review
L'Amour 179 copies, 3 reviews
The Little Horses of Tarquinia 165 copies, 1 review
L'Amante Anglaise 162 copies, 4 reviews
India Song 146 copies, 3 reviews
Yann Andréa Steiner 137 copies, 1 review
The Square 122 copies, 3 reviews
Wartime Writings: 1943-1949 119 copies, 1 review
Outside: Selected Writings 87 copies, 1 review
Hiroshima Mon Amour [1959 film] (Screenwriter) 77 copies, 5 reviews
No More 75 copies
Abahn Sabana David 58 copies, 4 reviews
Les impudents 47 copies
L'été 80 44 copies, 1 review
The Lover [1992 film] (Writer) 40 copies, 3 reviews
Agatha 38 copies, 1 review
Green Eyes 38 copies, 1 review
Two by Duras 37 copies
L'Eden cinéma 32 copies
Woman to Woman 28 copies, 1 review
Savannah Bay 26 copies
La pute de la côte Normande 25 copies, 1 review
Les Lieux de Marguerite Duras 22 copies, 1 review
Testi segreti 19 copies, 1 review
La cuisine de Marguerite 18 copies, 1 review
The Impudent Ones 16 copies, 1 review
Ah! Ernesto! 10 copies
Œuvres complètes (Tome 2) 8 copies, 1 review
La musica 8 copies
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Four Plays 6 copies
Dialogues 5 copies
Une aussi longue absence 5 copies, 1 review
The Darkroom (Le camion) 4 copies, 1 review
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Det er alt 2 copies
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Zomer '80 (1980) 1 copy, 1 review
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Marguerite Duras was the pen name of Marguerite Donnadieu, born in Gia Dinh, French Indochina (now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) to Marie and Henri Donnadieu, teachers from France. In 1933, she went to France for her higher education. After completing studies at the Sorbonne in political science and law, she became a member of the French Communist Party (she would later be expelled). In the late 1930s, she worked for the French Ministry of the Colonies. During World War II, she worked for the Vichy government in an office that allocated paper quotas to publishers, a de facto book-censorship system, but also was a member of the French Resistance. In 1942, for the publication of her first novel, she chose Duras as her pen name for a village where her late father's house was located. Her career as an avant-garde writer took off in the 1950s with works such as Un barrage contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall, 1950).

She was a prolific writer of plays, novels, short stories, essays, and screenplays, with many of her works marked by feelings of alienation. She returned often to the theme of love between people of different races. Her semi-autobiographical novel L'Amant (The Lover, 1984), about her youth in Indochina, won the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary prize.
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