The Lover

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The Lover

By Marguerite Duras; Barbara Bray (Translator); Maxine Hong Kingston (Introduction by)

Pantheon Books, Paperback, 9780375700521, 128pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 1998

Description
An international best-seller 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 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.)


About the Author
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.


Praise For The Lover

"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