The Lover

Paperback | September 8, 1998

byMarguerite Duras

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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.)

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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' b...

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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 adolescen...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.4 inPublished:September 8, 1998Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375700528

ISBN - 13:9780375700521

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sentimental done right Marguerite Duras (even in the English translation) maintains a unique writing style and a tone that builds with every moment. She doesn't shock or jolt readers, only takes them to an exact place and time to feel the looming sadness her heroine is experiencing. It's slow, languid and perfectly tuned to the story of the child and the lover. Every detail counts and adds something desperately tuned to the gripping poignancy of the story. A careful reader depends on authors like her to produce work with so much sentimental perspective done properly.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Lover Not the best book I've read. I didn't like how the author would start a scene in the story than all of a sudden skip to another scene and then go back to the first scene. The way the story was written was dull and it had me waiting for the point. But I do have to say that the author was successful in capturing the mood and her descriptions were good...quite depressing and sad.
Date published: 2000-02-09

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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.

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