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Moderato Cantabile Livre

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Un jeune homme tue la femme qu'il aime dans un café, entourés des témoins. Fasciné par le crime dont elle a été témoin, Anne retourne Desbaresdes retournes à plusieurs reprises à la scène et entre en contact avec un homme qui lui aussi a été témoin de l'assassinat. Ils sont progressivement controllés par les forces qui menacent leur stabilité...
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Cideb Editrice (first published 1958)
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Stela
Oct 13, 2014 Stela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Jamais les paroles de Roland Barthes, qui affirmait que la différence entre l’écriture traditionnelle et celle moderne reste notamment dans la vitesse de la lecture, n’ont sonné plus vrai. Moderato cantabile, un mini-roman d’à peu près cent pages, doit être lu lentement, un mot à la fois, et même comme ça on n’est pas sûr d’avoir tout saisi. Et cela n’a aucun rapport avec la construction de la phrase ou avec autres issues linguistiques. Au contraire, la phrase a la même belle cadence et son sens
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Nate D
Apr 28, 2014 Nate D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Behind closed doors, after the guests have gone
Recommended to Nate D by: A scream on the street, a gathering crowd
There's s kind of simple, fine-honed perfection to Duras' constructions. Nothing on the surface of her stories ever really breaks through the calm shell, they're almost soothing in cadence and repetition of details. Perfect calm is deceptive, however -- they're seething underneath. And so: a careful progression that begins with a death and a piano lesson, a series of meetings, a dinner party flailing inside and out, a fading into eternal unresolution.
Lada
Oct 31, 2014 Lada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel Of PERFECTION OF LIFE'S Soul and its POETENTIAL to ITS Way to ACHIEVeMENT through COMPREHENSION . C'est un recit de narration moderne, genre de Nouveau Roman, ecrit en 1958 ou tout se passe et rien de special. Tout est dans l'interieur des personnages des personnes de passage. L'ecriture comme objet d'elle-meme, plongee dans sa propre creation.
A parftir d-un titre et d'un sonate, d'un enfant trop jeune, bute et obstine devant son piano et ui bute devant ces mots inconnus, MODERATO CANT
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Inderjit Sanghera
‘Moderto Cantabile’ is the somewhat innocuous story of two strangers, Anne Desbaresdes and Chauvin, who meet at a seedy café every day for a week, following the murder of a young woman by her love outside that café. The sparseness of the language coalesces with the repetition of various symbols (the sunset, a magnolia flower and tugboats) which only serve to add to the ambiguity which underlines the characters motivations and actions. Take for example the description of the various sky-scapes an ...more
Elham
Jun 29, 2015 Elham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impressive. The strong style of Marguerite Duras can be seen in this little novel.
Reid
The discovery of Marguerite Duras was a revelation for me. When I first read the screenplay for Hiroshima, Mon Amour (literally, Hiroshima, My Beloved), I was unprepared for the author's narrative approach, which is a complete departure from the degree of narrative authority we expect from English novelists. Gone were the usual tropes used for introducing characters, making sure we knew who they were, and giving us the hook for the next scene. Instead, we were treated to a story that gradually r ...more
MJ Nicholls
A slim, seductive novel, sort of a nouveau roman version of Brief Encounter. Anne Desbaresdes meets Chauvin after a shooting heard at her son’s piano lesson, where she sits in with the haughty Mademoiselle Giraud, urging her stubborn son to play a Diabelli sontana moderato cantabile (moderately and singingly). We later learn Anne is a drunk and is desperately in love with Chauvin, but nothing is ever said—only the poetic, slippery prose helps make the subtext clear, and the ending quietly heartb ...more
Mariana
Feb 07, 2016 Mariana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-portuguese, mine
Valha-me a paciência santa!
Mas que raio foi isto? Foi o primeiro livro que li da autora e tenho a dizer que não percebi o seu propósito. Aqui vai um breve resumo: há um assassinato no café por baixo da casa onde o filho de Anne Desbaresdes tem aulas de piano (o miúdo não quer aprender mas é obrigado); o miúdo passa quase o livro todo a perguntar se a mãe já sabe por que é que a mulher que foi morta gritou daquela forma; Anne passa a ir ao café beber uns copitos de vinho e entretanto começa uma c
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Pascal Laprade
Jan 13, 2012 Pascal Laprade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Modéré et chantant. Le titre sied parfaitement au livre. Modéré dans son discours (on ne sait pas tout, on ne sait pas rien, on ne sait que ce qu'il faut), modéré dans ses ardeurs (ni passion, ni fadeur, mais une justesse absolue), chantant, chantant (par sa forme cyclique, du retour et de l'habitude, et de la répétition, encore). Le livre est absolument magnifique, tremblant de justesse, stylistiquement jouissif, poétiquement autonome. Au fil des pages, le lecteur averti se rend compte que l'im ...more
James Hulbert
Mar 23, 2014 James Hulbert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By the time I finished my first reading of this novel in 1979, I had fallen completely in love with Duras. At the time, it was, for me, experimental fiction that *worked*. For those who are discovering it today, it's one of the first 'classics' by an equally classic novelist, best remembered for her 'autofictional' book 'The Lover'. To me, it remains the 'Madame Bovary' of its day - and the perfect point of entry into Duras' world.
Alejandro Jiménez
La poética del humano existencialista.

De muchos puntos que conviven en 'Moderato Cantabile', el más vehemente es el que se asoma en la conjunción de circunstancias y tiempos que tienen como tópico central la existencia (tomaré los postulados del existencialismo, principalmente los postulados del existencialismo humanista manifestados por Sartre: la nada, la libertad, la soledad, la duda y la resignación).
Novela, pequeña a la primera hojeada pero enorme en su encaramado, increíble no sólo por s
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Gia
Jul 30, 2014 Gia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this novel by Marguerite Duras, we get to know a woman named Anne Desbaresdes who, every Friday, brings her child to have piano lessons with a very strict woman, called Madame Giraud. When there's a murder right under Madame Giraud's apartment, Anne starts frequenting a local bar, situated at the place of the murder to inquire a bit about what happened. That's when she meets Giraud, a man who over the course of a few weeks, shares drinks with Anne Desbaresdes.

This is a strange little novel.
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Nuno Chaves
Dec 27, 2012 Nuno Chaves rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Começamos por encontrar uma criança teimosa e que não quer aprender a tocar piano, tão teimosa como a sua mãe Anne Desbardes, que insiste que a criança tem de aprender, mesmo a contra-gosto.

Anne Desbardes, parece ser uma mulher conformada com a vida e com a rotina da mesma, até ao dia em que num bar, sucede uma estranha morte que vira a sua vida de pernas para o ar. Este estranho incidente atrai Anne como um íman para o trágico local onde foi cometido o crime. Aquilo que parece ser uma forma de
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علی
Margareth Duras is a long poem, in different books with different verses.
با نام دوراس "سوزان سونتاگ"، و با نام سونتاگ، "مارگریت دوراس" تداعی می شود. تصور می کنم دوراس را هر زنی باید بخواند، و البته هر مردی هم. دوراس "سیمون دو بوار"ی دیگر است، با همان بی پروایی، جسارت و صلابت، اما زنانه و ظریف. برای خواندن و فهمیدن دوراس، باید حوصله و دقت داشت، همان اندازه که برای خواندن ویرجینیا وولف. بسیاری از آثار مارگریت دوراس به همت قاسم رویین به فارسی برگردانده شده. "تابستان 80"، "بحر مکتوب"، "درد"، "نایب
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Maryam
Nov 19, 2014 Maryam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
زن براي گريز از ملال زيستن به دامان عشق پناه مي برد
تا مگر عشق مرد نقابي شود بر ملال واقعيت
اما
هميشه هميشه هميشه.......كشف ملالي تازه
و چه خواهد شد ان گاه كه عشق اماج هجوم ملال قرار مي گيرد؟؟؟
از عشق چه بر جاي خواهد ماند؟؟؟؟
......عشق در مصاف ملال
و چنين است شايد كه حتي در عشق نيز ديگري، هميشه ديگري باقي خواهد ماند
چنين است كه انسان حتي در عشق نيز تنهاست
هر كه باشد تنهايي ديواري به دور او خواهد كشيد
Nancy Burns
Mauguerite Duras.... don't see her books on many reading lists.
But she is not to be overlooked....she was a great writer.

My review:
https://ipsofactodotme.wordpress.com/...
Cecilebe
J'ai refermé ce livre sans savoir si je l'avais aimé ou détesté, sans savoir si l'histoire m'avait touchée ou agacée. C'est l'histoire d'Anne qui, marquée par la mort d'une femme, tuée par son amant dans un café, y revient comme pour rompre la monotonie de sa vie. Elle y trouve Chauvin, ils parlent : les dialogues ne mènent à rien, les paroles se répètent.
J'ai beaucoup pensé au théâtre dans cette première partie du livre : beaucoup de dialogue, des décors là pour servir la situation. Par contre,
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Jerrica
Quintessentially French elements that I encountered in this book as well as one or more other French books I've read in my short time as a student of French:

1. Repressed wife who longs for sexual liberation.
2. Excessive drinking of red wine by sexually repressed wife but also by others.
3. Husband who just doesn't "get it." Not usually evil, just sort of...there, which is evil enough. Extra points if he's never named because he's THAT useless.
4. Young child whom the sexually repressed wife love
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David
Dec 16, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe reading it in 21st Century America robs it of something. I principally understood it as about a bored housewife grown jaded to her boring life. The other reading I had was less mundane but more problematic, about a self-destructive woman who fetishizes her own subservience. Not that there's anything wrong with such a story, but it's ugly and not suitably developed to be much more.

What I liked most was the relationship between mother and child, how they cling to each other in their lonelin
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M.
Oct 20, 2014 M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Picked this up both in French & English]

English version read, of course; if I still have the French copy it's sitting in a box in my parents basement to one day be rediscovered, perhaps by me in a state where I can read French (we all have goals).

I read in an interview with Duras that she felt her career as a novelist really began with this book; that what came before was not important, that this was a changing point. I haven't read anything that came before, at this point, so I cannot com
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Marie
Jul 17, 2016 Marie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-french
J'ai lu ce livre car on me l'avait vivement recommandé comme étant absolument génial. Une fois n'est pas coutume, je n'ai vraiment pas la même sensibilité que la majorité ! Bien qu'ayant perçu l'émotion étrange de cette nouvelle, je ne suis pas faite pour ce genre d'histoire incompréhensible.... Pour moi, ce sera ma première et dernière expérience du Nouveau Roman !
Xabier Cid
Written by hipsters avant-la-lettre, it seems very difficult to me get any pleasure of these French existentialist novels. Time has passed violently through them, and now they stand before us as the old veteran from a war that we can't remember the name or what it was fought for. From a historic point of view, the stream of rumbling feminism flooding the novel is very moving, and transmits to me that happiness of liberation and freedom that we all can be proud of.
Yet silences, blanks stares, cir
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Filipa
Sep 23, 2013 Filipa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Apesar da escrita ser diferente e por isso me ter cativado, faltou algo mais a este livro para me prender. . .

É pequenino e. . . custa a ler. Achei a história sem. . . história.
Não chego a dizer que não tem conteúdo mas. . .

Não é uma história com um final apoteótico, é desenvolvida ao longo das suas pouquinhas páginas.

Acontece um assassinato num café em que estão mais pessoas e ao longo de vários dias, uma senhora que acompanha o filho nas suas aulas de música (que não quer) vai encontrar-se com
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Victor
Mar 20, 2016 Victor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toujours la même ambiance oppressante mais moins accrocheuse que d'autres de ses romans.
ablomof
May 17, 2014 ablomof rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
به نظرم بسیار گرفتار جرح و تعدیل شده بود به صورتی که داستان حالت یکپارچه خود را از دست داده بود.
James F
A boy having a piano lesson. Downstairs, a woman is killed by her lover in a bar. The boy's mother sees the killer taken away by the police. The next day, she returns and talks to a stranger in the bar. They try to decide why the woman was killed. They keep having discussions, very repetitively. The boy is playing outside. A banquet. One last (?) conversation. End of novel.

Even shorter than Le Square, this novel is also largely a dialogue between two strangers. (It was a "critical edition", with
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Nuno Miguel
Mar 16, 2015 Nuno Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If there's a word that can describe the overall impression that "Moderato Cantabile" leaves on the reader is this: ambiguity. One is never really sure about what is going on (sometimes it is not even clear who is talking). There's a piano lesson that gets interrupted by screams; a murder scene; a mysterious male character (Chauvin) that appears at a local bar, knowing intimate details about the main character's (Anne Desbaresdes) life; a strange dialog between her and the mysterious Chauvin, try ...more
James
May 29, 2014 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Moderato Cantabile' is a deceptively simple novella, seemingly both philosophical but equally elusive. At its heart lies the ennui which seems reminiscent of Madame Bovary, the class and gender difference emphasised by Anne, a bored housewife, and her mysterious, non-sexual - but linguistically violent - relationship with the working class man she meets in a café. Space and time are negated in the novella - the whole of the novella plays out in under a week, with each day repeating as like one ...more
Alessandro Rocco
Al di là di qualsiasi elogio della critica che annovera quest'opera tra le meglio riuscite del Nouveau Roman, a rendere eccezionale questo romanzo è la storia che racconta. Una storia che di "eccezionale" non ha nulla, apparentemente, una storia tratta dalla semplice realtà quotidiana. La storia di due personaggi, Anne Desbaredes e Chauvin, che non sono ben delineati, né presentano una personalità carismatica... La storia del loro amore che muore con l'arrivo dell'estate.
Tutto ciò è reso impecca
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Mazel
Aug 12, 2009 Mazel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
la narration, qui repose essentiellement sur des dialogues brefs, secs et bruts, cultive le vide événementiel et les faits relatés paraissent lourds d'insignifiance.

Aucun élément ne trouve d'aboutissement, ni l'intrigue autour du crime passionnel, ni la relation naissante entre les deux personnages. Une culture de l'échec.

Que de frustrations devant cette totale absence d'explications et c'est au lecteur de s'approprier l'histoire sans réelles indications.
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Marguerite Donnadieu, better known as Marguerite Duras (pronounced [maʀgəʁit dyˈʁas] in French) (April 4, 1914 – March 3, 1996) was a French writer and film director.

She was born at Gia-Dinh, near Saigon, French Indochina (now Vietnam), after her parents responded to a campaign by the French government encouraging people to work in the colony.

Marguerite's father fell ill soon after their arrival,
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“Sometimes,’ she said, ‘I think I must have invented him.’
I know all I want to about your child,’ Chauvin said harshly.
Anne Desbaresdes moaned again, louder than before. Again she put her hand on the table. His eyes followed her movement and finally, painfully, he understood and lifted his own leaden hand and placed it on hers. Their hands were so cold they were touching only in intention, an illusion, in order for this to be fulfilled, for the sole reason that it should be fulfilled, none other, it was no longer possible. And yet, with their hands frozen in this funereal pose, Anne Desbaresdes stopped moaning.
One last time,’ she begged, ‘tell me about it one last time.’
Chauvin hesitated, his eyes somewhere else, still fixed on the back wall. Then he decided to tell her about it as if it were a memory.
He had never dreamed, before meeting her, that he would one day want anything so badly.’
And she acquiesced completely?’
Wonderfully.’
Anne Desbaresdes looked at Chauvin absently. Her voice became thin, almost childlike.
I'd like to understand why his desire to have it happen one day was so wonderful?’
Chauvin still avoided looking at her. Her voice was steady, wooden, the voice of a deaf person.
There's no use trying to understand. It's beyond understanding.’
You mean there are some things like that that can't be gone into?’
I think so.’
Anne Desbaresdes' expression became dull, almost stupid. Her lips had turned pale, they were gray and trembled as though she were on the verge of tears.
She does nothing t try and stop him?’ she whispered.
No. Have a little more wine.’
She sipped her wine. He also drank, and his lips on the glass were also trembling.
Time,’ he said
Does it take a long time, a very long time?’
Yes, a very long time. But I don't know anything.’ He lowered his voice. ‘Like you, I don't know anything. Nothing at all.’
Anne Desbaresdes forced back her tears. Her voice was normal, momentarily awake.
She will never speak again,’ she said.”
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