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Moderato cantabile

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  3,277 ratings  ·  225 reviews
A distressed young man murders the woman he loves in a café, watched by a large crowd. Fascinated by the crime she has witnessed, Anne Desbaresdes returns several times to the scene, forming a relationship with a man who also saw the murder, and drinking through the afternoon with him as he patiently answers her eager questions. Slowly, they find themselves being taken ove ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Suhrkamp (first published 1958)
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KamRun (نهنگ ٥٢ هرتز)
شاهکاری خلق شده از هیچ! اگر بخوام در یک کلمه این اثر رو توصیف کنم، حتی واژهی اعجابانگیز هم نسبت به این اثر حق مطلب رو ادا نمیکنه. اینکه نویسنده در قالب دیالوگهای روزمره و بیاهمیت، شوری اینچنین، ملالی اینچنین و عشقی اینچنین رو خلق کنه اعجابانگیز نیست؟
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، موضوعِ اصلیِ این داستان، عشقِ نافرجام است... ولی اینبار، نوعی دلدادگی که بر اثرِ تکرار در درونِ دو طرف نمایان میشود و به یکباره همچون گردی در میانِ تندباد، ناپدید میشود و میرود.. دودلی ها و شکِ بسیار، نمیگذارد تا دلدادگی به نتیجه برسد و عشق در وجودِ دو طرف جاری گردد و آن شور و هیجان بدونِ ارضا شدن، نا تمام باقی میماند.. نمیدانم، آیا میتوان نامِ این را عشق نهاد، یا خیر
داستان در موردِ زنی ثروتمند به نامِ <آن دوبارِد> میباشد.. ماد
Inderjit Sanghera
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘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
May 22, 2013 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
Pascal Laprade
Jan 13, 2012 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
Nate D
Apr 14, 2014 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.
baQer (BFZ)
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, french
آیا کلمات، به آنچه انسان میخواهد به وسیلهی آنها بیان کند خیانت نمیکند؟
page 130
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Steven Godin
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having taken a keen interest in the work of Marguerite Duras after reading 'The Lover' and 'Hiroshima mon amour' I gave this beguiling novella a go. And wasn't disappointed. It is a book that is hard to pin down in terms of genre, and I am not even entirely sure I made full sense of it. What I do know, is that I couldn't put it down, and was strangely transfixed through to it's conclusion. The story first appears a very simple one. A woman, Anne Desbaresdes, takes her young son to piano lessons ...more
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Impressive. The strong style of Marguerite Duras can be seen in this little novel.
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marguerite-duras
Anne Desbaresdes continues to smile and say nothing. The man has decided to leave the garden and walk to the edge of town. As he goes, the scent of the magnolias grows fainter, giving way to the smell of the sea.
Anne Desbaresdes will accept a little coffee ice cream, for the sake of appearances.
In spite of himself the man will retrace his steps. Again he sees the magnolias, the railings, the bay windows in the distance, still lit, still lit. On his lips, the song heard that afternoon, and the na
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
Aug 06, 2014 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
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho terminato adesso la rilettura di Moderato Cantabile di Marguerite Duras, rilettura sì perché evidentemente la prima volta non ci avevo capito molto, non ero pronta, non ho prestato attenzione..
Non è proprio un racconto in quanto non accade nulla. È un incontro, fortuito, in un bar, è un'agnizione che dura dieci giorni.
È accaduto qualcosa, fuori dalla scena, durante una lezione di piano. Una donna è stata uccisa in un bar, qualcosa di perverso.
La scena che si è presentata davanti agli occhi di
Jul 17, 2014 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.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-pt, own
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
Nov 19, 2014 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
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
نیکزاد نورپناه
بسیار شبیه فیلمنامهی «هیروشیما عشق من» بود. منتها کیفیت دو محصول متفاوتند. از اون رعشهی شاعرانهای که دیدن اون فیلم به جان آدم میاندازه اینجا خبری نیست. ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
รักตองหามของคุณนายกับชายไรหัวนอนปลายเทา ทีเริมจากเหตุฆาตกรรมสาวนางหนึงในบาร บรรยากาศลอง ๆ ลอย ๆ เนิบนาบเกือบจะหลับ คาดหวังวาตอนจบจะพังพินาศกวานี แตกไมเทาไหร มันหมนอึนอยูขางใน ...more
Mohammad Ali
من تا آخر فصل سه رو هم فرانسویش رو خوندم و هم ترجمه ی فارسی رو. اما بعد فهمیدم در متن فرانسویش چیزی نیست که با نخوندمش از دست بدم، برای همین دیگه فرانسوی خوندنو ول کردم و فارسی رو فقط خوندم.

من فصل اول - که وصف تمرین پسربچه و جنایت در کافه ی آن سوی خیابان است - و فصل هفتم - که وصف شاهکار میز شام بورژوازی 15 نفره است - رو بیش از همه دوست دارم. در بین این دو فصل کم نبود جاهایی که از شدت تکرار - یا در مواردی ابهام - حس ملال بهم دست می داد. عنصر دیگه ای که بهم خیلی چسبید حضور پررنگ کارخانه و بندر و ک
James Hulbert
Mar 23, 2014 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.
نادية أحمد
من قرأ لأغوتا كريستوف رواية (أمس)؟
ألم تلحظوا وجود تقارب بين أسلوب أغوتا ومارغريت؟

حيث تميّزان أبطال روايتيهما بأرواح مملوءة بالشوائب
وعالقة في مواقف حياتية حاسمة تدفعها للمعصية
أرواح كلها سؤم ومتقززة من الحياة
ونفس الوقت تبحث عن حكاية حب تعيشها رغمًا
حتى لو كانت عكس كل طريق مستقيم بالحياة.
لماذا أغلب قصص الحب والإثارة هي خارج المسار الطبيعي؟
كما في رواية أمس لأغوتا و رواية الزانية لباولو كويلو؟
حتى رواية كيف تقع بالحب لسيلين أهيرن تتشارك وباقي
الروايات فكرة واحدة
وهي التي تدور بفلكها أغلب الروايات المتطر
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
Eric  Cepela
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
muted romance where the two don’t fuck is my favorite genre. coppola based Lost in Translation off this novella. i now know what bob whispers to charlotte.

reminds me of joyce’s The Dead. so bare and intentional, all you can see is between the lines. plus it’s feminist, right? ambiguity, oppressed wives, dinner parties.

The Lover puts much more on the table, which pays off. Moderato cantabile is like the product of a creative writing workshop, careful and clever.

3 1/2 stars
If you picked up this book because you read The Lover and loved it, or read Hiroshima, Mon Amour and was astounded - please, turn around and leave. Because Moderato Cantabile is just a fancy sounding name for a vapid novella that will make you wish you’d known to quit when the going was still good.
Sep 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
No entendí ni una huea.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: litt-français
Still wandering in its silence... bref: Parfait!
tortoise dreams
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wealthy, married woman explores beneath the surface and limitations of her life while drinking wine.

Book Review: Moderato Cantabile is an impressionist painting, where nothing is clear, everything is blurred, distorted, seen through veils. This is a book that may be better understood emotionally than intellectually, and certainly isn't for the plot-addicted. Yet for those who enjoy literary analysis, Moderato Cantabile will provide an abundance of food for thought, depths to plumb and threads
Lee Foust
This seems to be where Marguerite Duras's fiction took a turn toward the dramatic and began focusing on female protagonists committing some form of social suicide. Here it's partially successful, although I was sort of unconvinced--or dissatisfied, I suppose--with the ending. This is surely a taste thing. For I was pretty firmly engrossed through the better part of the narrative although I felt let down by the slow fizzle at the end.

For most of the short novel I was reminded of the medieval roma
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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,
“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?’
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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