Me & Other Writing

Marguerite Duras (Author)
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Literary Nonfiction. Fiction. Essay. Film. Literary Criticism. Translated by Olivia Baes and Emma Ramadan. Introduction by Dan Gunn. In her nonfiction as well as her fiction, Marguerite Duras's curiosity was endless, her intellect voracious. Within a single essay she might roam from Flaubert to the "scattering of desire" to the Holocaust; within the body of her essays overall, style is always evolving, subject matter shifting, as her mind pushes beyond the obvious toward ever-original ground.

ME & OTHER WRITING is a guidebook to the extraordinary breadth of Duras's nonfiction. From the stunning one-page "Me" to the sprawling 70-page "Summer 80," there is not a piece in this collection that can be easily categorized. These are essayistic works written for their times but too virtuosic to be relegated to history, works of commentary or recollection or reportage that are also, unmistakably, works of art.

"While reading Marguerite Duras, it can be hard to tell if you are pressing your hands to her chest or if she is pressing her hands to yours. Has she mined your deepest feelings or have you caught her heart's fever? Her nonfiction, written in the same blood and seawater as her fiction, produces the same sensation."--Julia Berick, Paris Review "Staff Picks"

"This is writing that demands, and provides, its own spotlight--not only through its incandescent intelligence (as in Duras's reading of the violence enacted not by, but upon, Simone Deschamps in 'Horror at Choisy-le-Roi'), but also through its refusal of linear exposition, the way it careens from one idea to another or dashes the reader's expectation of authorly pronouncements by offering instead a lyrical image (Olivia Baes and Emma Ramadan reflect on the challenges of translating this opacity in an excellent note in the book's final pages)."--Heather Cleary, Lit Hub "Book Marks"

Product Details

Price
$16.00
Publisher
Dorothy a Publishing Project
Publish Date
October 01, 2019
Pages
204
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.6 X 6.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781948980029
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About the Author

Marguerite Duras (1914­-96) was a French writer and filmmaker and the author of many books, including The Lover.

Reviews

"Duras's writings span a host of styles and emotional tones, but Anglophone readers have, to date, not been exposed to nearly as much of her nonfiction. That's all about to change with this expansive collection of her nonfiction, offering readers a way to engage with a new, and equally impressive, side of Duras's bibliography."—Vol. 1 Brooklyn
"This is writing that demands, and provides, its own spotlight--not only through its incandescent intelligence (as in Duras's reading of the violence enacted not by, but upon, Simone Deschamps in 'Horror at Choisy-le-Roi'), but also through its refusal of linear exposition, the way it careens from one idea to another or dashes the reader's expectation of authorly pronouncements by offering instead a lyrical image (Olivia Baes and Emma Ramadan reflect on the challenges of translating this opacity in an excellent note in the book's final pages)."--Heather Cleary, Lit Hub "Book Marks"
"While reading Marguerite Duras, it can be hard to tell if you are pressing your hands to her chest or if she is pressing her hands to yours. Has she mined your deepest feelings or have you caught her heart's fever? Her nonfiction, written in the same blood and seawater as her fiction, produces the same sensation."--Julia Berick, Paris Review "Staff Picks"
"Essays, aphorisms and other eclectic nonfiction from one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers and prose stylists."--New York Times Book Review
"As Duras tells us about the Moscow Olympics, shipyard strikes in Gdańsk, her hopes for a proletarian revolution, and her despair at the 'misfortune of mankind, ' she weaves in a tender narrative about a small boy and the adolescent girl who looks after him. This is entirely fictional--a characteristic ploy from a writer who believed that understanding suffering was an act of the imagination."--The New Yorker