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The Lover

The Lover

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by Marguerite 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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Diane Johnson
[An] authentic and completely successful work [that achieves] a felicitous and masterly balance between formalism and powerful emotional effect.
New York Times Book Review
Boston Herald
As seamless and polished as a pearl.
Diane Johnson
[An] authentic and completely successful work [that achieves] a felicitous and masterly balance between formalism and powerful emotional effect. -- New York Times Book Review
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394545882
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/1987
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
113

Meet 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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