Wartime Writings: 1943-1949

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New Press, Jul 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
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A "fierce and lyrical writer of conscience" ("Booklist"), Marguerite Duras kept hidden in a closet in her country home in France four small notebooks filled with writings from the war years. Published here in their entirety for the first time, these remarkable wartime writings include slices of autobiography and feature the first versions of Duras' most famous works, the true stories behind the international bestsellers "The Lover," "The War," and several other classics.

Critics have hailed "Wartime Writings" as "among the most arresting pages] she ever wrote" ("The""New York Review of Books"). In them, Duras chronicles the poignant circumstances of her childhood in colonial Vietnam, her experiences with the French Resistance during the war, and the conflicted and exhilarating time of the Liberation and the early postwar years. Throughout, Duras paints an unflinching portrait of this troubled and formative period for France.

Allowing readers to fully and intimately explore the life of one of the most celebrated artists of the twentieth century, "Wartime Writings" gives new meaning to Duras' previous work and adds to her intricate life story.

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User Review  - Dale Pobega - Goodreads

There is one piece of writing in this collection worth reading - "Did Not Die Deported" - and what an impressive piece of writing it is. Duras' description of nursing her husband, Robert Antelme, back ... Read full review

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User Review  - Timothy Dymond - Goodreads

One for the true fans I think. The best parts of these notebooks are the early autobiographic writings that clearly form the backdrop to stories such as 'The Lover'. There is also an interesting short ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Marguerite Duras (1914-1996) was one of France's most important literary figures. She is the author of such acclaimed novels as "The Lover," "The Ravishing of Lol Stein," and "The Sailor from Gibraltar" and wrote the screenplay for "Hiroshima Mon Amour." The New Press has published translations of her books "The North China Lover," "The War," and "Wartime Writings."

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