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The Lover (The Lover, #1) (original 1984; edition 1998)

by Marguerite Duras

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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:An international best-seller with more than one million copies in print and a winner of France's Prix Goncourt, The Lover has been acclaimed by critics all over the world since its first publication in 1984.
Set in the prewar Indochina of Marguerite Duras's childhood, this is the haunting tale of a tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover. In spare yet luminous prose, Duras evokes life on the margins of Saigon in the waning days of France's colonial empire, and its representation in the passionate relationship between two unforgettable outcasts.
This edition of The Lover includes a new introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston that looks back at Duras's world from an intriguing new perspectiveâ??that of a visitor to Vietnam tod
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Title:The Lover (The Lover, #1)
Authors:Marguerite Duras
Info:Pantheon Books, Paperback, 117 pages
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A vapid stream of half-formed and contradictory consciousness. ( )
  bigstrongcoolguy | Jun 5, 2024 |
I found The Lover through Vivian Gornick's The Situation and the Story. I've just finished it, put it down and feel as though I need time for it to wash through me. Written in a fragmentary, dream-like style with an underlay of arch intelligence, there are no people in this book, just shadowy impressions. Even the narrator is somehow missing. Submerged in nostalgia for youth perhaps? I didn't find it particularly erotic, but it did transport me to my carnal youth, first loves, and young bodies and that's quite a pleasurably nostalgic place to be. I think I'd better retrieve my copy of The Situation and the Story from a friend and re-read Vivian Gornick's thoughts. ( )
  simonpockley | Feb 25, 2024 |
If you wanted to take a story of star-crossed youthful passion and make it as cold and unaffecting as possible, you could do a lot worse than to write it in the style of the Nouveau Roman movement. The film is a better piece of art, if art is intended to provoke feeling of some sort in the experiencer, rather than exist primarily as an intellectual object. ( )
  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
O que mais me comoveu neste livro de Marguerite Duras foi tudo o que escreveu sobre a mãe e o seu desespero diário e brutal: "na minha infância a desgraça da minha mãe ocupou o lugar do sonho". Mas também o que escreveu sobre a família, em que as pessoas não se falavam e só se olhavam através das fotografias; o quarto a que chegou como a desgraça que lhe era anunciada desde de sempre; a tristeza à qual diz que poderia quase dar-lhe o seu nome; a morte do irmão a trazer-lhe uma dor que a fazia sentir que tudo devia morrer, incluindo ela. E comoveu-me também quando afirmou que escrever livros era a única coisa que conseguia ver para além do instante.

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  inesaparicio | Jan 25, 2024 |
I couldn't put this down - the writing is beautiful. ( )
  mmcrawford | Dec 5, 2023 |
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"L'Amant" de Marguerite Duras, publié en 1984, est un roman semi-autobiographique qui se déroule dans le Vietnam colonial français des années 1920. L'histoire suit la liaison illicite et passionnée entre une jeune fille française issue d'une famille en difficulté financière et un riche amant chinois plus âgé.

La protagoniste anonyme, appelée simplement "la fille", est issue d'une famille dysfonctionnelle, et sa relation avec l'amant est marquée par les tabous sociaux, les différences culturelles et les divisions brutales de la société coloniale. Le récit explore les thèmes de l'amour, du désir, de la dynamique du pouvoir et de l'impact des attentes de la société sur les relations personnelles.

Duras utilise un style d'écriture dépouillé et évocateur, qui permet de saisir les émotions intenses et les complexités des personnages. La structure non linéaire et la narration fragmentée du roman contribuent à son caractère onirique et poétique.

"L'Amant" est célèbre pour son exploration des lignes floues entre l'amour et l'exploitation, ainsi que pour sa description poignante de l'éveil sexuel d'une jeune femme et des dures réalités de la vie coloniale. Le roman a reçu le prestigieux prix Goncourt en France et est devenu l'une des œuvres les plus acclamées de Marguerite Duras.
 

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Duras, Margueriteprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bray, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kingston, Maxine HongIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prato Caruso, LeonellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Bruno Nuytten
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Un jour, j'étais âgée déjà, dans le hall d'un lieu public, un homme est venu vers moi.
One day, I was already old, in the entrance of a public place a man came up to me.
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I often think of the image only I can see now, and of which I've never spoken. It's always there, in the same silence, amazing. It's the only image of myself I like, the only one in which I recognize myself, in which I delight.
Very early in my life it was too late. It was already too late when I was eighteen. Between eighteen and twenty-five my face took off in a new direction. I grew old at eighteen
I acquired that drinker's face before I drank. Drink only confirmed it. The space for it existed in me.
I had the luck to have a mother desperate with a despair so unalloyed that sometimes even life's happiness, at its most poignant, couldn't quite make her forget it.
You always went home with the feeling of having experienced a sort of empty nightmare, of having spent a few hours as the guest of strangers with other guests who were strangers too, of having lived through a space of time without any consequences and without any cause, human or other.
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This is the 1984 book L'Amant, not to be confused with the 1971 book L'Amour.
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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:An international best-seller with more than one million copies in print and a winner of France's Prix Goncourt, The Lover has been acclaimed by critics all over the world since its first publication in 1984.
Set in the prewar Indochina of Marguerite Duras's childhood, this is the haunting tale of a tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover. In spare yet luminous prose, Duras evokes life on the margins of Saigon in the waning days of France's colonial empire, and its representation in the passionate relationship between two unforgettable outcasts.
This edition of The Lover includes a new introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston that looks back at Duras's world from an intriguing new perspectiveâ??that of a visitor to Vietnam tod

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Set in the prewar Indochina of Duras' childhood, The Lover is the haunting tale of a relationship between two outcasts - an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover - during the waning days of the colonial period.
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