Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras, was a French novelist, screenwriter and experimental filmmaker. Her script for the film Hiroshima mon amour earned her a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards. Duras was born Marguerite Donnadieu on April 4, 1914, in Gia-Dinh, French Indochina. Duras's father returned to France, where he died. After his death, her mother remained in Indochina with her three children; the family lived in relative poverty after her mother made a bad investment in an isolated property and area of rice farmland in Cambodia. See, e.g. Un Barrage contre le Pacifique. At 17, Duras went to France, her parents' native country, where she began studying for a degree in mathematics, she soon abandoned this to concentrate on political science law. After completing her studies, through 1941, she worked for the French government in the Ministry of the Colonies. In 1939, she married the writer Robert Antelme. During World War II, from 1942 to 1944, Duras worked for the Vichy government in an office that allocated paper quotas to publishers and in the process operated a de facto book-censorship system.
She became an active member of the PCF and a member of the French Resistance as a part of a small group that included François Mitterrand, who became President of France and remained a lifelong friend of Duras. Her husband, was deported to Buchenwald in 1944 for his involvement in the Resistance, survived the experience, she nursed him back to health. Duras was the author of many novels, films, interviews and works of short fiction, including her best-selling fictionalized autobiographical work L'Amant, translated into English as The Lover, which describes her youthful affair with a Chinese man, it won the Prix Goncourt in 1984. The story of her adolescence appears in three other books: The Sea Wall, Eden Cinema and The North China Lover. A film version of The Lover, produced by Claude Berri and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, was released to great success in 1992. Duras's novel The Sea Wall was first adapted into the 1958 film This Angry Age by René Clément, again in 2008 by Cambodian director Rithy Panh as The Sea Wall.
Other major works include Moderato Cantabile, the basis of the 1960 film Seven Days... Seven Nights, she was the screenwriter of the 1959 French film Hiroshima mon amour, directed by Alain Resnais. Duras's early novels were conventional in form, were criticized for their "romanticism" by fellow writer Raymond Queneau, she was associated with the nouveau roman French literary movement, although she did not belong definitively to any one group. She was noted for her command of dialogue. In 1971, Duras signed the Manifesto of the 343. Many of her works, such as Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein and L'Homme assis dans le couloir, deal with human sexuality. Towards the end of her life, Duras published a short, 54-page autobiographical book as a goodbye to her readers and family; the last entry was written on August 1, 1995 and read ""I think it is all over. That my life is finished. I am no longer anything. I have become an appalling sight. I am falling apart. Come quickly. I no longer have a mouth, no longer a face".
Duras died at her home in Paris on March 3, 1996, aged 81. Les Impudents, Plon, 1943 La Vie tranquille, Gallimard, 1944 Un barrage contre le Pacifique, Gallimard, 1950 translated by Herma Briffault as The Sea Wall, 1952 Le Marin de Gibraltar, Gallimard, 1952 translated by Barbara Bray as The Sailor from Gibraltar, 1966 Les petits chevaux de Tarquinia, Gallimard, 1953 translated by Peter DuBerg as The Little Horses of Tarquinia, 1960 Des journées entières dans les arbres, "Le Boa", "Madame Dodin", "Les Chantiers", Gallimard, 1954 translated by Anita Barrows as Whole Days in the Trees, 1984 Le Square, Gallimard, 1955 Moderato Cantabile, Les Éditions de Minuit, 1958 translated by Richard Seaver as Moderato Cantabile, 1977 Les Viaducs de la Seine et Oise, Gallimard, 1959 Dix heures et demie du soir en été, Paris, 1960 translated by Anne Borchardt as Ten-Thirty on a Summer Night, London, 1961 Hiroshima mon amour, Gallimard, 1960 translated by Barbara Wright & Richard Seaver as Hiroshima mon amour, 1961 "Les deux ghettos", in: France-Observateur, 9 November 1961, p. 8–10 L'après-midi de M. Andesmas, Gallimard, 1960 translated by Anne Borchardt and Barbara Bray as The Afternoon of Mr. Andesmas, 1964 Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein, Gallimard, 1964 translated by Richard Seaver as The Ravishing of Lol Stein, 1964 Théâtre I: les Eaux et Forêts-le Square-La Musica, Gallimard, 1965 Le Vice-Consul, Gallimard, 1965 translated by Eileen Ellenborgener as The Vice-Consul, 1968 L'Amante Anglaise, Gallimard, 1967 translated by Barbara Bray as L'Amante Anglaise, 1968 Théâtre II: Suzanna Andler-Des journées entières dans les arbres-Yes, peut-être-Le Shaga-Un homme est venu me voir, Gallimard, 1968 Détruire, dit-elle
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