Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 128 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0 in
Published: September 8, 1998
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0375700528
ISBN - 13: 9780375700521
From the Publisher
An international best-seller with more than one million copies in
print and a winner of France's Prix Goncourt, The Lover
has been acclaimed by critics all over the world since its first
publication in 1984.
Set in the prewar Indochina of Marguerite Duras's childhood, this
is the haunting tale of a tumultuous affair between an adolescent
French girl and her Chinese lover. In spare yet luminous prose,
Duras evokes life on the margins of Saigon in the waning days of
France's colonial empire, and its representation in the passionate
relationship between two unforgettable outcasts.
Long unavailable in hardcover, this edition of The Lover
includes a new introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston that looks back
at Duras''s world from an intriguing new perspective-that of a
visitor to Vietnam today.
(With an introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston; translated from
the French by Barbara Bray.)
About the Author
MARGUERITE DURAS is the author of many
acclaimed novels and screenplays, including The Lover, The
Ravishing of Lol Stein, and the film script for Hiroshima,
Mon Amour. One of France''s most important literary figures,
Duras died in Paris in 1996.
From Our Editors
Set in the twilight of colonial French Indochina, this book
presents the haunting story of an adolescent French girl's first
love affair - one with the son of a Chinese millionaire. Haunting
and ravishing, it asks the question: can we ever truly fall in love
and hope to someday leave with no regrets? This reissue of
Marguerite Duras' beautiful novel The
Lover now also includes a new introduction by
Maxine Hong Kingston, which holds the book up to
the scrutiny of a traveller in present-day Vietnam.
"Powerful, authentic, completely successful . . . perfect."
-The New York Times Book Review
"An exquisite jewel of a novel, as multifaceted as a diamond, as
seamless and polished as a pearl."
"A vivid, lingering novel . . . a brilliant work of art."
-Cleveland Plain Dealer