The Lover

Front Cover
Pantheon Books, 1997 - Fiction - 117 pages
33 Reviews
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.

Long unavailable in hardcover, this edition of The Lover includes a new introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston that looks back at Duras's world from an intriguing new perspective--that of a visitor to Vietnam today.

(With an introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston; translated from the French by Barbara Bray.)

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

The Lover is written in deep prose, which was flawless. - LibraryThing
From that point on, is where the love story begins. - LibraryThing
She does this to reflect on her past through writing. - LibraryThing
The prose is akin to poetry. - LibraryThing
The poetry of the prose is sparse. - LibraryThing
However, by writing this... - LibraryThing

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - LauraT81 - LibraryThing

I was very interested in reading The Lover after having watched the film and glad to enjoy the same tone of sadness and desire. I did find it a bit hard to follow at times and with an odd flip ... Read full review

Review: The Lover

User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

I loved the strangeness of this woman's interior, her voice, the way such a slim volume can sum up an entire life, compelling and erotic and intellectual all at once. ****************** rereading ... Read full review

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1997)

MARGUERITE DURAS is the author of many acclaimed novels and screenplays, including The Lover, The Ravishing of Lol Stein, and the film script for Hiroshima, Mon Amour. One of France's most important literary figures, Duras died in Paris in 1996.

Bibliographic information