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Moderato Cantabile

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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, 165 pages
Published 1980 by Editions de Minuit (first published 1958)
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Stela
May 22, 2013 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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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
Lada Fleur
Oct 20, 2014 Lada Fleur 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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Nate D
Apr 14, 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.
Vasileios
Apr 23, 2017 Vasileios rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
http://dreamersandco.com/2017/05/mode...

Moderato Cantabile (εκδόσεις Τόπος, 2017), ίσως το καλύτερο βιβλίο της Μαργκερίτ Ντιράς. Δύο άγνωστοι μεταξύ τους ήρωες ξεπροβάλλουν σε αυτό, εγκλωβισμένοι στα προσωπικά τους δράματα, και προσπαθούν να ελέγξουν τις επιθυμίες τους για ζωή.

Μπορείς να το θυμάσαι μια για πάντα, Moderato θα πει μετρημένα, και cantabile θα πει τραγουδιστά, είναι εύκολο.

Μετρημένα, όπως η ζωή της Άννα Ντεμπαρέντ. Η Άννα είναι παντρεμένη με ένα πλούσιο επιχειρηματία για τον οποίο δ
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Pascal Laprade
Jan 13, 2012 Pascal Laprade rated it it was amazing
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
Elham
Jun 11, 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
Mariana
Aug 02, 2015 Mariana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-pt, 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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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
Adriana
Aug 06, 2014 Adriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ale-mele-citite
Cartea asta e un fel special de tăcere.

Tăcerea efemeră ce există numai între notele unei sonate cântate la pian de un copil, într-o după-amiază însorită.

Tăcerea îngrozită şi surprinsă care îi copleşeşte pe martorii unei crime pasionale.

Tăcerea unui surâs sau a unei mâini întinse pe jumătate, care nu ştie dacă cealaltă mână va veni în întâmpinarea ei.

Tăcerea grea ce se aşterne între două priviri pasionate, care nu au nevoie de cuvinte. Niciodată.

Cartea asta e o odă sublimă închinată lui Niciodată
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Gia
Jul 17, 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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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.
Phakin
Mar 23, 2017 Phakin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
โมเดราโต (จังหวะปานกลาง) กันตาบิเล (ลืนไหลอยางเพลงรอง) เกือบเปนจังหวะทีชาและนาเบือเกินไปสำหรับเรา มีบางชวงทีเผลอคิดวาเรืองโดยตัวมันเองอาจจะคอยๆ เลือนหายไป โดยมีคำตามของอาจารยสายัณหมาชวยชีวิต แตถึงบททีเจด เราพบวาตัวเองคิดผิด ดนตรีเปลียนจังหวะไปเปนอัลเลเกรโต อัลเลโกร และพังทลายลงกอนจะถึงวีวาเช เพราะเทมโปนันสดใสเกินพอดี

"งันเราจะยุติเรืองของเรากันตรงนี" โชแวงกลาว เขาเสริมวา "บางครังเรืองมันกตองอยางนีแหละครับ"

จบลงอยางเพลงรองทีประพันธดวยหัวใจทีฮึกเหิมและหลอกลวงของนักแตงเพลง และขับขานโดยคนรักตองหามของเ
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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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Nuno Chaves
Aug 08, 2010 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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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
Yuthika
Mar 15, 2017 Yuthika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'écoutais la sonatine de Diabelli pendant que je lisais ce livre. Mais quel contraste - la musique évoque de la joie, et les personnages... moderato, comme des pas lents pendant une marche le long du Boulevard. J'imagine un bruit lointain dans ce calme. Et la patronne, qui comme nous, observe sans mot dire (ou à peine), ne comprend sûrement pas (comme nous, d'ailleurs), et les juge malgré elle, comme nous encore. Je me méfie de Chauvin, je ne sais pourquoi, mais sa fixation me rend mal à l'aise ...more
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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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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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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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
Jul 15, 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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Mateo R.
Intertextualidad

Menciones directas:
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Indirecta:
* En el prólogo Peri Rossi señala los paralelismos de la novela con Madame Bovary de Gustave Flaubert (Francia, 1856).

* Ambientes: Café, puerto, urbano.
* Lugares: Ciudad provincial portuaria, no especificada, de Francia.
* Figuras recurrentes: Testigo/a de crimen, amante asesino/a, profesor/a estricto/a, alumno/a rebelde, mujer sin tiempo para sí misma, acosador/a, doble o doppelgänger, mujer reprimida que se libera, desempleado/a.
* Sustancias relevan
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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.
Sophie
Nov 12, 2014 Sophie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-french
To be honest, I didn't understand or like this book. Although I enjoy absurdism and ambiguity, it was hard for me to keep up and be invested in the story, I couldn't even sympathize with the main characters, okay, I laughed with the child's behavior and his insubordination.
The story is about a rich woman's conversations with a working-class man, named Chauvin, apart from his name, the way he talked made me think a lot about chauvinism.
Eman
Aug 11, 2012 Eman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ملال است که باقی می ماند. دیگر هیچ چیز نمی تواند انسان را غافلگیر کند مگر ملال. انسان هر بار گمان می کند که به عمق آن رسیده است. اما حقیقت ندارد. در اعماق ملال سرچشمه ملال دیگری وجود دارد که همیشه تازه است. می توان با ملال زیست. و همین ملال زیستن یکی از مضامین عمیق داستان دوراس می شود و راه فرار از این ملال تنها یکی راه است : عشق!
Marie
Jul 15, 2016 Marie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 !
Roozbeh Estifaee
ظاهرا کل اهمیت این رمان کوتاه و اوج کار نویسندهاش در زبان آن و ظرافتهایش بوده، که به لطف ترجمه افتضاح مرحوم سید حسینی همه از دست رفته. ...more
Katie
May 21, 2010 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As I was beginning to re-read this book, I suddenly remembered that it was written in the passé simple. Boo.
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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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