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Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Donnadieu (April 4, 1914 - 1996), better known as Marguerite Duras, was a writer.

She was born in Indochina and went to France, her parents' native country, to study law, but became a writer instead.

She is the author of a great many novels, plays, films and short narratives, including her best-selling, ostensibly autobiographical work L'Amant (1984), translated into English as The Lover. Following the making of a film of the same name(s) based on her work, Duras then published a slightly different work, L'Amant de la Chine du Nord. Other major works include Moderato Cantabile[?], also made into a film of the same name, Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein[?] and her film India Song[?].

Duras's early novels were fairly conventional in form (their 'romanticism' was criticised by fellow writer Raymond Queneau); however, with Moderato Cantabile she became more experimental, paring down her texts to give ever-increasing importance to what was not said. Her films are also experimental in form, most eschewing synch sound, using voice over to allude to, rather than tell, a story over images whose relation to what is said may be more-or-less tangential.


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