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Written in the splendid bareness of her late style, these pages are Marguerite Duras's theory of literature: comparing a dying fly to the work of style; remembering the trance and incurable disarray of writing; recreating the last moments of a British pilot shot during World War II and buried next to her house; or else letting out a magisterial, so what? To question six de...more
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Published by Gallimard (first published 1993)
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A rather slight piece containing what appears to be some of the thoughts floating about in Duras' head on the subject of writing, circa 1993. These tend to take the form of short paragraphs or single lines, though two at least become vignettes and "chapters" of a sort. Overall, the work gives the impression of the sort of notes you might write when preparing to give a speech where you want just the right phrase- attacking and re-attacking a single idea from different angles.

At first, Duras' thou...more
"Pure" writing..."pure" thoughts..."screaming without a sound."
Steve Turtell
I didn't jump on the Duras bandwagon in the wake of the astonishing success of The Lover, primarily because of her connection with the Nouveau roman, which I find tedious and pretentious. In grad school I had to read Robbe-Grillet's For A New Novel and hated its combination of the obvious and the tautological masquerading as profundity. To wit: In one of the essays he states that it is "chiefly in its presence that the world's reality resides." Gee. You don't say! Let me write that down! And whe...more
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...more
Elizabeth Periale

"Writing is a stream of consciousness collection of essays by French author and film director Marguerite Duras, best known for her novel The Lover and her screenplay for the film Hiroshima Mon Amour.
One of her last books, Writing reads as a running meditation on the act of writing. She touches on the many subjects, especially death, that have compelled her to write. As much as she directs some of her prose to the reader, the essays quite often seem like Du...more
I have solitude but I don't have whiskey I don't have a garden I don't have a large house in Neauphle but I have a desk I have a choice on how to use my time and often I don't use it to write but I write things repetitive things so tedious and torturous that in the margins is my own impatient sarcastic voice trying to draw a spiral to tear a hole through the page to escape the hell out of there (solitude) and fuck punctuation marks except for the exclamation ! No I did not really *love* this but...more
l' écrit ça arrive comme le vent, c'est nu, c'est de l'encre, c'est l'écrit, et ça passe comme rien d'autre ne passe dans la vie, rien de plus, sauf elle, la vie.
la solitude est toujour accompagnée de la folie. je le sais. on ne voit pas la folie. quelquefois seulement on la pressent. je ne crois pas qu'il puisse en etre autrement. quand on sort tout de soi, tout un livre, on est forcement dans l'état particulier d'une certaine solitude qu'on ne peut partager avec personne. on ne peut rien faire...more
Ahhhh. Lovely writing. Lyrical, emotionally poignant observations on writing. And then she goes on to show how it's done in the heart-jerking story that follows her essay on writing, "The Death of the Young British Pilot." Small in stature, hard to get, but this book is worth each word.
Len Toomey
Fragments and ideas. Half-scrawls. Fluid images, reflected through memory. Solitary longings. Solitary joys. Small sacred spaces vast in horizon and sweep. Tears in the prose where the light seeps through. Full of interest, full of love.
love the way she experiences life and the way she brings the way she has experienced life onto the page, into the words.
love her words, love her voice, love her pain, love her love.
I love this little book on writing. Love it!
I am a big fan of Duras' fiction, but the first essay "Writing" in her book Writing rhapsodizes about writing & death in ways that are way too big for me to take seriously. The main idea I had a problem with, and perhaps I misunderstood her, was that life is a form of writing, that everyone can write, or writes through living. What about people who suffer but can't write? Who literally don't have the skills, the time, the luxury of solitude or time to write? Are their actions and life enough...more
Bruno Ribeiro
"La escritura es salvaje"
Not as good as I expected it. It was recommended to me as a great book for those interested in writing. I read the French original version. The book seems to be a compilation of thoughts or of personal writing notes. I liked the short and concise sentences but, to my taste, there is a lot of repetition of words and events or actions to emphasize her point. Maybe my expectations were overdone, I thought I would encounter a book like the one written by Javier Marias, "Literatura y fantasma". This...more
Hmm, oisin varmaan tykännyt tästä enemmän nuorempana. Mutta se siitä, kun nyt kerta vasta luin. Duras vaikuttaa tosiaan tinkimättömältä ja rehelliseltä, jolle kirjoittaminen tuntuu olleen tärkein keino kestää elämää. Ja kirjoittaminen on kaikessa: yksinäisyys on kirjoittamista ja lukeminenkin on kirjoittamista. Annika Idströmin alkusanat oli hyvä lisä tähän.
Ricardo Maciel
É um livro bem interessante, pois mostra a vida de uma das maiores escritoras francesas de todos os tempos. É também um pouco perturbador saber que ela dedicou a vida inteira somente ä escrita, nunca casou, não teve filhos nem nada. Um livro curto, pode ser lido rapidamente.
Writing, is more a collection, in five sections, that bear a close resemblance to notes from the writer's journal. Her writing even in this form manages to create that special ambience, a suspended sensation that I am so drawn to.
3.5, really. The section on Writing was great. So was Rome. At other times it failed to produce any feeling in me. Not sure if that's my fault or hers.
Trois étoiles et demie pour la première partie du livre. Allons, disons-le: c'est la première fois que je la lis sans en avoir Duras-le-bol.
Implacablement sévère et égocentrique, mais étrangement non désagréable.
writing is a silent shout.

also the phrase "sea foam" is beautiful.

Sobretodo el segundo relato: La muerte del aviador inglés
no time to review, but simply recommend it.
Trumps anything I've read, ever.
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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,...more
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“Finding yourself in a hole, at the bottom of a hole, in almost total solitude, and discovering that only writing can save you. To be without the slightest subject for a book, the slightest idea for a book, is to find yourself, once again, before a book. A vast emptiness. A possible book. Before nothing. Before something like living, naked writing, like something terrible, terrible to overcome.” 38 likes
“The solitude of writing is a solitude without which writing could not be produced, or would crumble, drained bloodless by the search for something else to write.” 37 likes
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