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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 122 x 192 x 8mm | 81.65g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Flamingo
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0006541593
  • 9780006541592
  • 916,763

Review Text

Set in 1930s Saigon, this is the portrayal of an incandescent erotic relationship between a young French girl and the elegant son of a wealthy Chinese family, and of hate that slowly tears the girl's family apart. (Kirkus UK)show more

Author information

Marguerite Duras was one of Europe's most distinguished writers. The author of many novels and screenplays, she is perhaps best known outside France for her filmscript Hiroshima Mon Amour and her Prix Goncourt-winning novel THE LOVER, also filmed. Her other books include LA DOLEUR, BLUE EYES BLACK HAIR, SUMMER RAIN and THE NORTH CHINA LOVER. Born in Indochina in 1914, Marguerite Duras died in 1996.show more

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4 35% (8,215)
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2 9% (2,098)
1 3% (621)
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