- By Marguerite Duras Sophie Bogaert Oliver Corpet Linda Coverdale

Wartime Writings: 1943-1949

  • Title: Wartime Writings: 1943-1949
  • Author: Marguerite Duras Sophie Bogaert Oliver Corpet Linda Coverdale
  • ISBN: 9781595582003
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wartime Writings Published for the first time in english the World War II notebooks of one of the twentieth century s most renowned literary figures For decades it has been known that Marguerite Duras had kept four n

    Published for the first time in english, the World War II notebooks of one of the twentieth century s most renowned literary figures For decades it has been known that Marguerite Duras had kept four notebooks in a blue closet in her country home in France But until now no one understood the importance of the material that she had written in the period between 1943 and 19Published for the first time in english, the World War II notebooks of one of the twentieth century s most renowned literary figures For decades it has been known that Marguerite Duras had kept four notebooks in a blue closet in her country home in France But until now no one understood the importance of the material that she had written in the period between 1943 and 1949 Here are the first drafts of her most famous works, the true stories behind The Lover, The War, and several other classics This book is truly the seventh veil to be lifted by Duras in her multivolume autobiography Each volume has come closer to the raw truth here at last are the secrets that have remained hidden for all this time In these remarkable writings we discover the difficult, poignant circumstances of Duras s upbringing in colonial Vietnam, where her desperate mother was eager to sell her to the man who became known as the lover Here too is her repulsion at her first kiss and her unhappiness at this forced liaison Once she emigrates to France, we follow her life through the war into the Liberation and the horrific events that she observed in the presence of the resistance members, who interrogated and tortured former collaborators She also tells of the horrendous effect of finding her husband, returning nearly dead from the Nazi concentration camps Throughout, Duras paints an unflinching picture of this troubled period Everyone who has been interested in Duras s life and work will find this an utterly absorbing volume These first writings are the closest we will get to the truth of Duras s inner life and thoughts at a critical point in her career.

    1 thought on “Wartime Writings: 1943-1949

    1. Självbiografiskt stoff, synopsisar, noveller. Kvaliteten varierar en aning, men samlingen är högst läsvärd eftersom vissa stycken, t ex utkasten till ”Smärtan”, håller absolut högsta Duras-klass. Och visst är det lyxigt att få en inblick i dessa delar av hennes författarskap.

    2. I mistakenly thought this was MD's wartime DIARIES and so I was rather disappointed to realise, once I'd started reading, that it wasn't. The book contains the contents of three notebooks filled with bits and pieces of writing from the period 1943-1949 and includes some autobiographical pieces and some sections that were later incorporated into novels. As I haven't read any of MD's novels I skipped through the fiction pieces and just read the autobiographical stuff. This comprised a few short pi [...]

    3. Memory as inspirationLike many writers, Marguerite Duras seems to have drawn a lot of her inspiration from her own life, and in particular from the events of her childhood and adolescence in Saigon in the 1920s. 'Cahiers de la guerre' presents the contents of some notebooks that she kept during the war years in which she recorded her memories of Vietnam, (which she fictionalised later in 'Un Barrage contre le Pacifique') and her notes/ideas for future novels. These notes are hard to read, her st [...]

    4. Algunas cosas están mejor guardadas. O perdidas. O no dichas. La existencia misma de Marguerite Duras es una confirmación de eso. Este libro es voyerismo, fisgonería (los esbozos). No es Duras. No podría ser Duras. Y sin embargo me gusta, como ver el armazón subterráneo de una casa. Un vértigo obsceno se extiende por los brazos.

    5. This is one that I would only recommend for a select few readers. I was fascinated by it but since it is comprised of her notebooks found after her death, this is not a polished complete work. Still, the stories have stuck with me and it is something I will want to revisit and explore again.

    6. I had to read Duras for High School French. I remember thinking what a cool chick she must have been, long before such a phrase even made sense. Born to French parents in Vietnam, she left her She survived alcohol but the smokes got here in the end. She died of throat cancer in 1996, aged 81. I never went back to her writing after High School. I guess she was the “it” girl in French literature by the time our French teacher made us read her. I missed the point of the hype then. I could gla [...]

    7. My first foray with Duras. Quite remarkable in her unflinching exploration of human imperfection, including her own in these semi-autobiographical vignettes drawn from her time in Southeast Asia with her mother and brothers and in France during and in the immediate aftermath of WWII. We learn of her as a rootless young woman, an outsider and rebelliously uningratiating in her refusal to accede to any role others might want for her. Found her use of language striking and original along with her u [...]

    8. Μπερδεμένη γραφή κουραστικό πολύ.στην ουσία είναι διάφορα αποσπάσματα της συγγραφέως που τις περισσότερες φορές δεν υπάρχει συνοχή με τα προηγούμενα κεφάλαια πριν αποφασίσετε να διαβάσετε το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο καλό θα ήταν να διαβάσετε τα προηγούμενα της καθώς οι σημε [...]

    9. A pretty fascinating look at life during and after WWII in France. Perhaps an even more fascinating look at how a writer churns over ideas for years, reworking images and themes, eventually folding them into her fictional work.

    10. She never fails. I could read her grocery lists and feel purified. I don't mind saying that she is a genius, or that I wish Americans would read her (more). Or that she would be Ernest Hemingway were this country not a Francophobic auction house. Or that when, at last, the world learns to brook a woman with a human spine, she will be called what she is: one of the three dozen best writers of her century.I do not know why it is so common that a certain kind of autobiographical writer, the kind wh [...]

    11. This is definitely only for hard-core Duras fans, and perhaps people who enjoy seeing behind the scenes, so to speak, of a writer's process. It did remind me quite a bit of Plath's unabridged journals, where you can see her sort of circling the same scenes or people or turns of phrase until she hits on what she wants to say, how she wants it to read. The parts about waiting to hear about her [Duras, not Plath!:] deported husband, and his recovery, are so unrelentingly honest and brutal--amazing [...]

    12. A rare glimpse inside the writing process, I would recommend this for readers and writers already familiar with Duras's work. By that I mean you need to have read more than just The Lover. If the craft of writing does not interest you, then you'll be happier sticking to her novels. Reading from these notebooks gives the feeling of going through an attic of another person's papers. You wonder if you really should. I kept reminding myself that Duras herself wrote without much regard for her own pe [...]

    13. Ah another book I picked up to fit a reading challenge task (FYI, I do this a LOT). I'm not actually familiar with Marguerite Duras or any of her works though I know of her reputation as a writer, of course. This book took extracts from her diaries that were found in the cupboard after her death. Her diaries had more of short drafts of her stories though there were some personal anecdotes. In fact, the first chapter was of her childhood in Indochina and it was rather sad and painful to read! And [...]

    14. This is an edited and translated edition of 4 notebooks that Marguerite Duras wrote in during the war, or slightly afterwards. Some of it is studies for or drafts of novels published later, some of it memoir that was never published as such later, but adapted into novels. And some of it was never published--just the bits and pieces that one sometimes writes in a notebook when you need to write something down. As such, this is probably only actually interesting the whole way through for scholars [...]

    15. 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 to health after his return from a concentration camp, is very moving. Apparently the piece iwas included in "La Douleur" which is hard to find in English. The other writings in this collection - early drafts, alternative plot lines, etc. of novels - are pretty tedious. Duras' writing about her husb [...]

    16. Livre magnifique qui n'est pas un journal intime comme j'aurais pu le croire, mais des brouillons ou bien des premières versions de livres à venir. Entre le barrage contre le pacifique et l'amant combien de version de cet homme qui fut son premier et comment était-il vraiment? le mystère devient entier. j'ai été particulièrement touchée par tous les récits qui apparement constituent ce que sera la Douleur. Très très beau livre, plusieurs fois j'ai failli rater mes stations dans le met [...]

    17. This was a rough read for me, and one that I wont read again soon. I probably should have listened to some reviews I'd previously read and become a little more familiar with her other works first, but I didn't and am left to feel the regret. Nevertheless, I can see why she is considered such a great author and will someday read more of her works and probably like them.

    18. 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 story called 'The Bible' near the end. However there are lots of drafts of later stories that will mean more to people who have a more comprehensive knowledge of Duras than I.

    19. Interesting notebook and first drafts of stories and books later published. There is no real cohesion as it was written really for the authors private use and published after her death.

    20. A little uneven, but Duras' narrative reflections (fictional and autobiographical) on the war bring the horror of occupied France to life like no stylized Hollow-wood production ever could.

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