The Lover

The Lover

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An international bestseller 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 pre-war Indochina of Marguerite Duras' 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 133 x 204 x 11mm | 145g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Pantheon Paperb
  • 0375700528
  • 9780375700521
  • 84,961

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"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
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About Marguerite Duras

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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25,524 ratings
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5 27% (6,998)
4 35% (8,862)
3 26% (6,735)
2 9% (2,261)
1 3% (668)
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