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
  • 12,512

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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

One of France's most important literary figures, MARGUERITE DURAS is best known in the United States for her novel The Lover, and for her brilliant film script Hiroshima, Mon Amour. She is also the author of many other acclaimed novels (The Ravishing of Lol Stein) and screenplays (Détruire, dit-elle). Born in Saigon in 1914 and died in Paris in 1996.
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32,533 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 27% (8,762)
4 35% (11,328)
3 27% (8,717)
2 9% (2,876)
1 3% (850)
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