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The Lover

byMarguerite Duras

Paperback | September 8, 1998

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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.)

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.
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Title:The LoverFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.36 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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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.

Editorial Reviews

"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.”
Boston Herald
“A vivid, lingering novel . . . a brilliant work of art.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer