The Suspended Passion: Interviews

The Suspended Passion: Interviews


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The Suspended Passion: Interviews by Marguerite Duras

A controversial figure of the postwar French literary and cultural scene, Marguerite Duras has exerted a powerful hold on readers around the world. This volume of interviews—hailed on its French publication as Duras’s “secret confession”—offers readers a rich vein of new insight into her work, opinions, life, and relationships.

The interviews that make up the book were conducted in 1987, when Italian journalist Leopoldina Pallotta della Torre met the seventy-three-year-old Duras at her Paris flat and convinced her to sit for a series of conversations. The resulting book was published in Italian in 1989, but it somehow failed to attract a French publisher, and it was quickly forgotten. Nearly a quarter of a century later, however, the book was rediscovered and translated into French, and, it has now become a sensation. In its revealing pages, Duras speaks with extraordinary freedom about her life as a writer, her relationship to cinema, her friendship with Mitterand , her love of Chekhov and football, and, perhaps most significantly, her childhood in pre-war Vietnam, the experiences that propelled her most famous novel, The Lover.

A true literary event, finally available in English, The Suspended Passion is a remarkable document of an extraordinary literary life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857423290
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication date: 07/15/2016
Series: French List Series
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Marguerite Duras (1914­–96) was a French writer and filmmaker and the author of many books, including The Lover. Chris Turner is a writer and translator who lives in Birmingham, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

French Translator's Note 5

English Translator's Note 9

A Childhood 11

The Paris Years 23

Trajectories of Writing 39

Towards a Textual Analysis 57

Literature 67

The Critics 79

A Gallery of Characters 87

Cinema 95

Theatre 117

Passion 125

A Woman 135

Places 145

Notes 151

List of Interviews 181

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