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India Song

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  287 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Unseen voices narrate this story of the affair between the haunting Anne-Marie Stretter and the disgraced French vice-consul in Lahore. In the India of 1937, with the smell of laurels and leprosy permeating the air, the characters perform a dance of doomed love to the strains of a dying colonialism.
Paperback, 146 pages
Published January 13th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1973)
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Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
Lola Valérie Stein; Michael Richardson; The Ambassador; Anne-Marie Stretter (née Guardi); the Beggar Woman; a shit ton of lepers; two Female Voices; two Male Voices; overuse of ellipsis; the French Residence; the gaudy hotel on the nearby island; fashionably dressed young people dancing incessantly to India Song; Beethoven's Sixteenth Variation On a Theme of Diabelli (motif); lack of narrative coherence (complete); love; death; death; love; yearning; sobbing; pining; A.M. Stretter's red bicycle; ...more
India Song é uma peça de teatro escrita por Marguerite Duras no início dos anos 70 e cujas personagens são oriundas de outros livros que escreveu.

A história gira à volta de Anne Marie Stretter, esposa do Embaixador de França na Índia, que desperta uma paixão doentia no Vice-cônsul. Consumido por ciúmes, ele decide gritar o seu amor numa festa da embaixada, perante a comunidade europeia na Índia, com consequências trágicas. Confesso que fiquei curiosa em descobrir mais sobre as personagens nos o
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, french, france
Yes indeed, Marguerite Duras is a French literary Lars Von Trier, willingly dropping the reader into a state of doubt and unease. 'India Song' continues upon the story of The Ravishing of Lol Stein and is equally vague and disturbing.

In 'India Song', the story of Michael Richardson and Anne-Marie Stretter is elaborated upon. (Hey, at least Richardson is consistent in his choice of women. Stretter is a nutcase as well!). In true Duras style, nothing is really clear in this book. In fact, the sto
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I hate to give anything by Duras lower than a 4, but her playwriting isn't my favorite. I ended up reading it not so much as a play but a filmscript, imagining how brilliant it could be on screen had she directed it (had she? I don't know..). In that sense it reminded me of the dialogue in Hiroshima.. but presented as a play, I'm not really sure what one would do with it-- no montage, etc. I'm sure there could be and have been some brilliant renderings of it, but my rating is based on how it sta ...more
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Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I have finished this book a couple of days ago but i couldn't bring myself to write a review...
I still don't know what to say about this one.

It's beautiful, just like the movie, but there's more to imagine than to understand. Marguerite Duras was a madwoman!

«As histórias de amor, viva-as com outros. Nós não precisamos disso.»
Nov 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
I have no idea. I may have to re-read this at some point so that when I tell you I've read it, I can say with certainty that I wasn't in a fog when doing so.
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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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