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3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  766 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
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
Jul 30, 2015 Roxane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Uhhhhhh. I didn't get it but the prose was hypnotic nonetheless.
Ba, hay bốn ngày + đêm, nhất định chẳng làm gì, chẳng làm gì chỉ để nhất định không làm gì cả, để trốn việc, để không nghĩ tới các deadlines, để được chìm đắm một mình một cõi, và quyết định chỉ đọc và đọc lại M.Duras, sau một cuộc nói chuyện dài thật dài về bà. Tất cả những cuốn sách mình có được lôi ra, xếp cạnh đầu giường, và cơ hồ có lúc mình không biết là mình đang đọc, đọc chỉ để đọc, để đọc lại, để đọc hết, để không phải đọc nữa: Đập ngắn Thái Bình Dương, Viết, Tình, Người tình, Người tìn ...more
Po Po
Feb 01, 2015 Po Po rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this from the library expecting it to be entirely about a single subject: writing. It isn't. There are five chapters; each chapter is a stand-alone story.

The first chapter titled "Writing" is by far my favorite. It's beautiful and calming. It discusses the process of writing and its intimate connection with solitude.

Writers crave solitude, yet "there is something suicidal in a writer's solitude."

* * *

The second chapter is about a young British pilot who tragically dies at the age of 2
Mar 11, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
Dec 03, 2014 sisterimapoet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction14
Beautiful, profound. I read this very very slowly. The pace and the tone were more akin to poetry than prose. There was a great sense of wisdom throughout - clearly Duras is a woman who thinks with great care and passion and continues employing those as she tries to write to express her findings and feelings to others. I wrote down lots of quotes.
Jul 09, 2014 Vicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 2013 Ffiamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, donne
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
Una antología de textos cortos, que mezclan la ficción con lo testimonial. La autora tiene una prosa con un estilo marcademente francés en tanto que ella misma es la narradora de sus historias. Este estilo, que personalmente no disfruto, se nota bastante en los primeros dos textos. La autora insiste en prestarnos su propia subjetividad en la historia, se presenta a ella misma como un personaje omnisciente. Dando en cada párrafo una especie de moraleja o ley universal sobre la creatividad, escrib ...more
Feb 26, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 23, 2015 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, with great writers I get this feeling that they are telling the truth. Not the scientific truth, not the fictional truth but THE truth. It can be a simple line, an obvious line, but in some way or another, it transformes into this almost animated universal truth. It might be the context in which the line is placed, but I remain flabbergasted. I have no idea how they do it.

At one point in To Write, Marguerite Duras reflects upon the death of a fly, and this might seem banal, I know, bu
Len Toomey
May 06, 2013 Len Toomey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 03, 2012 Poupeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 18, 2007 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: about_writing
I love this little book on writing. Love it!
Mar 26, 2012 Sora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elke de Echte
Quasi 25 jaar geleden geschreven en vertaald blijkt dit werkje weinig aan kracht te hebben ingeboet. Marguerite Duras lijkt te spreken op papier. Via een zorgvuldig opgebouwde logica die ze niet prijsgeeft, vormt ze langzaam maar gedwee gesprokkelde feiten om tot tijdloze gedachten. Echt schrijfadvies zijn deze organische schrijfsels misschien niet. Wel duwen ze achterpoortjes open met zicht op de radars aan het werk in het schrijfhoofd (- en lijf) van een vrouw met een mening.
Aaron Gallardo
Mon Marguerite, a veces tu subjetivismo es apremiante y repetitivo. Tu último estilo seco más evoca Raymond Carver que tus heridas. Es interesante, sin embargo. Es estético, sin embargo. Pero no se te vive como en los demás libros, delicadas obras maestras.
Nov 15, 2015 Nicola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really odd collection. The title essay is great, as advertised. The rest were odd choices, a mash-mash of half-realised ideas with no through line, except that she was filmed delivering them. Having read The Lover, I'm not convinced that this was very well translated, particularly with so little context provided.
Sobre "Escribir": Si esto lo hubiera escrito cualquier hijo de vecino, no habría salido nunca de

Divaga demasiado.

Sobre "El aviador inglés": Ok, este está mejor.
Emma Martínez
Short compilations of what led the author into writing. Not what I expected. Nothing in comparison to what I've previously read of her. Vague.

The fly in the white wall, Vauville, the death of W.J Cliffe: the 20 year old boy who'd been playing at war in his Meteor and killed by German soldiers, The Pure Number is what I take with me from the book. What I'll remember. Not leaving empty-handed.


Well, fine. After a second read, fine. It's a fine book. Still three stars and not four or five.
Jun 30, 2015 Frederik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De første to dele: At skrive og Den engelske pilot var virkelig fed læsning, følte ikke helt det store for de sidste tre tekster.
Mehrnoosh Ebrahimi
Duras is magical. I'm hooked on her.
Bruno Ribeiro
Jul 21, 2014 Bruno Ribeiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"La escritura es salvaje"
Nov 15, 2013 Graciela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-c, owned, french
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
Francisco Alfaro Labbé
Ooohh.. la contemplación, oooohhh, la contemplación, los sentimientos, la soledad... oooooohh, la soledad. -_-
Jun 27, 2012 Elisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
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.
Har lest den norske utgaven "Å skrive" utgitt på Transfer forlag. Et språk som blir litt for svevende for min smak, jeg føler jeg leser en tekst fra en forvirret og sliten kvinne? Men kommer allikevel til å ta opp boken senere og lese på ny, og mulig teksten blir mer og mer tilgjengelig jo flere ganger man leser.
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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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“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.” 53 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.” 46 likes
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