Pantheon Books, Paperback, 9780375700521, 128pp.
Publication Date: September 8, 1998
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.
"(With an introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston; translated from the French by Barbara Bray.)
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