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Moderato Cantabile

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¿Por qué el grito repentino de una desconocida y la vista de su cuerpo ensangrentado han turbado tanto a Anne Desbaresdes, que es joven y rica, y no tiene otro afecto que el de su hijo ? ¿Por qué vuelve insistentemente al café del puerto, anodino escenario del crimen ? ¿Por qué interroga a un desconocido, testigo él también del asesinato ? El vino que bebe lentamente es el ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 28th 1995 by Tusquets (first published 1958)
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KamRun
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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؟
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Stela
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
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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 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 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 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 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
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
metaphor
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
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Elham
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impressive. The strong style of Marguerite Duras can be seen in this little novel.
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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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