Me & Other Writing

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$16.95  $15.76
Publisher
Dorothy a Publishing Project
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Pages
204
Dimensions
5.5 X 6.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781948980029

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About the Author

Marguerite Duras was one of France's most important and prolific writers. Born Marguerite Donnadieu in 1914 in what was then French Indochina, she went to Paris in 1931 to study at the Sorbonne. During WWII she was active in the Resistance, and in 1945 she joined the Communist Party. Duras wrote many novels, plays, films, and essays during her lifetime. She is perhaps best known for her internationally bestselling novel The Lover, which won the Prix Goncourt in 1984. She died in Paris in 1996.

Olivia Baes is a trilingual Franco-American writer and actress. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Literature and a Master of the Arts in Cultural Translation from the American University of Paris.

Emma Ramadan is a literary translator based in Providence, RI, where she co-owns Riffraff, a bookstore and bar. She is the recipient of an NEA fellowship, a PEN/Heim grant, and a Fulbright for her translation work. Her translations include Anne Garréta's Sphinx and Not One Day, Virginie Despentes's Pretty Things, Ahmed Bouanani's The Shutters, and Marcus Malte's The Boy.

Dan Gunn is a novelist, critic, and translator, as well as being one of the editors of the four-volume Letters of Samuel Beckett and editor of the Cahiers Series. He is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature & English at the American University of Paris where he directs the Center for Writers & Translators. He was designated in 2017 as editor of Muriel Spark's letters.

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