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Un dique contra el Pacífico

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A mesmerising, early novel by the author of the international bestseller The Lover, that explores the same terrains of Indochina and erotic obsession
Paperback, 273 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by TusQuets (first published 1950)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Un barrage contre le Pacifique = A sea of troubles, Marguerite Duras
عنوان: سدی بر اقیانوس آرام؛ نویسنده: مارگریت دوراس؛ مترجم: پرویز شهدی؛ تهران، ققنوس، 1377؛ در 382 ص؛ شابک: 9643111601؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 20 م
قسمتی از کتاب : مادر که در صحرایی از نمک و آب سرگردان است و زیر گرمای سوزانِ خورشیدی بیامان و سلطه جو، از پا درآمده، با دنیا به چالش برخاسته است. مادر با اقیانوس آرام که هجوم سالانه اش مزارع او را در خود غرِق میکند نیز میستیزد. او تا دم مرگ به مبارزه ادامه خواهد داد؛ ب
Oct 26, 2016 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En Indochine française, la mère et ses deux enfants, Suzanne et Joseph, ont vu l'océan détruire les barrages que la mère avait construits, afin de protéger le terrain incultivable dont elle a obtenu la concession. Elle a travaillé toute sa vie pour obtenir un bout de terrain à cultiver dans les colonies, et chaque année la mer, venant recouvrir les cultures et saler la terre, renvoie ses efforts au néant.

Duras propose un roman de l'échec, une écriture de l'inéluctable, du désespoir ordinaire, n
James Murphy
Jun 18, 2009 James Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Duras writes autobiographically. The story is something like this: as a teenager in Indochina, around 1930, she had an affair with an older Asian man. She's written about this seminal moment in her growing up in the novel The Lover, which was made into the beautiful 1992 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, and later in North China Lover. Last year I learned that The Sea Wall, published in 1950, is the 1st telling of these events involving her lover, her mother, and her brother. I liked this no ...more
Sep 23, 2015 علياء rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
رواية محشوة بالبؤس. وشخصيات مأزومة بالحياة إلى أقصى حد، ولكنها مرغريت دوراس التي تستطيع عرض وتجسيد كل ذلك بأسلوب جميل.
August Letendre
Jan 12, 2015 August Letendre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Great book to reread - it's true that you never read the same book twice - glad I did.
May 11, 2007 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the story contained in this book is difficult to recount as it lacks any tremendously memorable or focal events, I was riveted to it the whole way through...really it was difficult to put down. The story describes a mother, her two children, and a time span of a few months in their lives as the children are just on the cusp of adulthood and independence. The descriptions of poverty, struggle and life in a hostile environment are devastating and very effective in the context of the story. T ...more
Megan Chance
Feb 27, 2012 Megan Chance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never read Duras before, though I really like the movie "The Lover," which I've seen about a billion times, which is based on her novel (I haven't read that one yet, but it's on my TBR pile). Though it's got a very French sensibility (bleak, nihilistic and materialistic) I actually really liked The Sea Wall, which is set in 1920s French Indochina. I thought the imagery was fantastic, and the characterizations fascinating. It flung me deeply into that time period and place, and the character ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un roman d'inspiration autobiographique, qui rappelle en de nombreux points son œuvre la plus connue : l'Amant. Toutefois ici on en apprend un peu plus sur la "déveine" de cette famille française des colonies d'Indochine. Sur l'histoire incroyable des barrages que la mère à voulu ériger contre le Pacifique, afin de protéger ses cultures, et qui se sont tous effondrés, en une nuit. Sur leur pauvreté extrême. Sur celle, encore plus extrême des familles autochtones, avec leurs enfants qui meurent p ...more
Jul 14, 2016 metaphor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marguerite-duras
Each of the novel's characters battles life in their own way. Even the most hopeless longings serve for surviving the harsh reality. Even though you have nothing but waiting, it grants you the wildest hope of your life, which slowly turns into the darkest despair. Soon the despair swamps you into loneliness, deprives you of sleep, makes forget moral principles. All failures and misfortunes tangle into an inextricable web around you.
Mar 21, 2017 Misael rated it really liked it
Un auténtico tour de force para acabarla con tantas cosas por hacer, pero Duras es una gran autora y me parece interesante conocer dos puntos de vista: el de la mujer y el de la poscolonialidad. La estrella que falta para las cinco es por el personaje de Jo, neta que no supe si había que despreciarlo o compadecerlo. De ahí en fuera, una gran novela.
Dec 30, 2016 Lucie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eh bien il ne me reste plus qu'à lire l'ensemble de l’œuvre de Marguerite Duras...
Кремена Михайлова

И писането не ми допадна, и действията (бездействията) ми бяха непоносими.

Но не бих омаловажила труда на Дюрас. Щом ми беше направо депресирано през цялото време... С толкова пестеливост на думи и изразни средства, наистина постига смазващ ефект. И недоумявах „ Не могат ли тези хора да постъпят по друг начин, истина ли е това?! Наистина ли няма други решения освен вайкане и истерии? Любовта (към майката) ли пак попречи?” Стигнах до крайност: „Тези хора тъпи ли са?!” Много по-тежки книги съм чела
Jan 21, 2014 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steeped in a sense of frustrated longing, of impossible desire - for love, for escape, for salvation; of loneliness, awakening sexuality, futility, hope, cruelty and lust - this book comes on like a slow fever and doesn't break its hold on you until the final words. I have found it to be unforgettable.
Jan 12, 2013 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally got around to reading a Duras book. I enjoyed the novel, but also really appreciated reading about French Indochina. I will be haunted by the descriptions of the packs of sick, hungry, dying children for a long time.
Inti Chavez Perez
Otrolig bok. Kommer behöva läsa om den för att försöka förstå berättartekniken där samma händelser berättas flera gånger, som ett ältande.
Mar 06, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What could be more tragic and useless as building a "sea wall" or a beautiful young woman throwing her life away... This is essentially the same sad story as The Lover but written 100 times better.
Quinn Slobodian
Sep 29, 2008 Quinn Slobodian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's set in a bungalow on the swampland coast of colonial Indochina, which makes it surprising that it's actually, sneakily, a book about the movies. A mother, daughter and brother are stranded on a worthless piece of property where the would-be fields flood every season, washing away whatever had been planted in their mud in the spring. The mother worked fifteen years playing piano under the screen of the colonial capital's movie theater to buy the land. She didn't watch a film the entire time. ...more
Bartira Nunes
Até agora, apenas tinha lido obras da chamada segunda fase de Duras, onde ela mergulha num fluxo narrativo por vezes caótico, sem preocupações com limites temporais. ''Un barrage contre le Pacifique'', correspondente à sua primeira fase como escritora, é um livro de narrativa linear, com linguagem formal e grande uso do passé simple. Uma história altamente autobiográfica, como é do feitio da escritora, onde Suzanne seria a jovem Duras em seus anos de Indochina, Joseph uma mistura de seus irmãos, ...more
Jane Griffiths
Unforgettable. Set in Cambodia, which is why I chose to read it, but also because I loved "The Lover" (which I read many years ago in English translation). This I read in French and it is the same story - the teenage girl in French colonial Indochina, who is effectively pimped by her impoverished family and who has an affair with an older Chinese man while she barely understands what is happening to her. But there is so much more here. Different. The mother who played the piano in the movie hous ...more
Czarny Pies
May 25, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, french-lit
Marguerite Duras is commonly thought of as a leading figure of the Nouveau Roman movement. However, this realistic novel of a widow's courageous efforts to fight corruption in the French colonial administration and to build polders to prevent her land from being flooded by the Pacific ocean is by far the best work of Duras.

In the novel, the widow modelled on the author's mother ultimately fails. The author sadly notes: "On ne construit pas des barrages contre la Paciifique." Walls cannot hold ag
مثل سر و کار داشتن با اسبهای محتضر بوده تا این جا.

داستان دردناکی بود. ترجمهی خوبی هم داشت، غیر از سانسورهایی که شده بود. آقای شهدی به جای عشقبازی در چند جای کتاب از فعل گردش کردن استفاده کرده بود.

شخصیت مادر در ذهن خواهد ماند، برای همیشه. سینما ادن، دستهایی که برای ده سال پیانو نواخته بودند و چشمهایی که تنها یک بار در طول آن ده سال توانسته بودند فیلم روی پرده را ببینند. مادر برای همیشه در ذهن خواهد ماند. مادری که خواسته بود با دست خالی جلوی آقیانوس ارام بایستد. مادری که در فروریختنِ سدهایش فروری
Jan 09, 2014 Kallie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this twice; the second time I liked it even more. Duras captures how being isolated and poor feels, and the isolation and poverty of a colonial family, whose head of household is a widow left to fend for her family in a traditional, patriarchal culture, would be still worse. The family's life is evoked rather than cataloged, so the feelings of loneliness and isolation and being trapped come into the reader through tone and imagery. This is not a book for people who want comedy, though the ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Nitthita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
อานเขือนกันแปซิฟิกไดรอยกวาหนา บอกตรง ๆ เลยวาขอยอมแพ แรก ๆ กพอสนุกกับมันนะ แตพอหลังจากนายโจเขามาเทานันแหละ รูสึกวาเรืองจะอืดเอือยวนเวียนซำซากไปถนัดตา (ไมตางจากแม ซูซาน และโจเซฟ ทีใชชีวิตจำเจนาเบือไปวัน ๆ ในทีดินเฮงซวยของพวกเขา ?) ถึงขนาดเปิดไปอานตอนกลาง ตอนจบ กไมอาจปลูกความรูสึกอยากอานตอใหงอกงามขึนมาได (หากหนังสือเลมนีจะมีคุณูปการอยูบาง กคือการทีมันไดมอบถอยคำทีแสดงถึงขีดสุดของความนาเบือของหนังสือเลมใดเลมหนึงใหแกขาพเจา นันคือ นาเบือแคไหนหรือ ? กนาเบือถึงขนาดทีวาเปิดไปอานตอนจบแลวกไมไดทำใหเกิดความรู ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro impresionante, escrito con maestría y talento, acerca del fracaso, y la angustia de los que ven que todos los caminos conducen al único y mismo pozo de desesperación. Al mismo tiempo, un libro donde los tres personajes principales, madre, hijo e hija, colonos blancos marginales y pobrisimos en Indochina francesa, luchan incansablemente con lo que pueden, con lo que poco que tienen, contra la adversidad implacable que los rodea: adversidad de la naturaleza, el oceano que arrasa cada ano ...more
Apr 12, 2008 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of Margueritte Duras's books, and this is probably my favorite, besides maybe Summer Rain, and it's a more involved story than that. I like her writing because the prose feels really spare, and you kind of read along in the story waiting to see where it's going to go, and then you find that you're in the middle of the story and it's simpler and deeper than you thought. She writes with a tone of romantic longing, but it's mixed with an almost Samuel Beckett like post-apocalyptic se ...more
Kathryn Henderson
Bien que j'aime énormément Duras, ce roman est loin d'être mon préféré. Étrangement, je l'ai trouvé moins travaillé que La Vie Tranquille, qu'elle a écrit plus tôt et qu'y m'avait profondément marquée. Ici, on a moins accès aux pensées intimes des personnages et le décor semble jouer un plus grand rôle. C'est aussi l'oeuvre la plus "politique" que j'aie lu de Duras. Malgré tout, ça se lit très bien et la fin surtout est réussie, touchante et semble finalement nous offrir la clé pour comprendre l ...more
Mar 17, 2016 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to read this after having seen the film. As usual, there are a lot of differences between the book and its screen adaptation. In fact, the film parts company from the book fairly early on, which I wasn't surprised by. Both tell good stories, and as always the book provides more background, more depth, and more of a feeling of what the situation was like and what the characters are feeling. Of course, in the book you don't get Gaspard Ulliel, but at least you can imagine him.
Oct 31, 2016 Chloe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai adoré cette lecture qui m'a fait découvrir la magnifique plume de Marguerite Duras. Pour cette oeuvre sur la vie coloniale en Indochine française dans les années 20, l'auteur s'inspire de sa propre adolescence. J'ai aimé les personnages tous différents les uns des autres, pleins de défauts mais surtout très attachant. Ils me resteront longtemps en tête après avoir fermer ce livre. Bref, je le conseille à tous. Je vais tous de suite rajouter ses autres oeuvres à ma wishlist !
Jul 29, 2011 Elsa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asie
Un classique plutôt décevant.

Un peu d'ennui et de déception face à ce classique. Le rythme parait assez bancal avec une première partie assez longue qui s'effiloche par la suite. Les personnages, chacun à la dérive dans leur folie respective, ne m'ont pas touché. De plus, le style laisse le lecteur assez froid. Seul point intéressant, la vie rêvée de ces expatriés dans les colonies où à côté des nouvelles grandes fortunes survivent les autres.
Геллее Авбакар
It was an inspiring master piece of arts especially with the touch of its writer, It really portrays the 100% truth that the French woman had as an attitude toward this life. the protagonist is a woman in her fifties who fought against nuisance and poverty in order to improve a good life to her children, she passes through several hard test but nothing makes her will wick. It was all amazing to live with the events of this nice piece of art.
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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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