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Written in the splendid bareness of her late style, these pages are Marguerite Duras's theory of literature: comparing a dying fly to the work of style; remembering the trance and incurable disarray of writing; recreating the last moments of a British pilot shot during World War II and buried next to her house; or else letting out a magisterial, so what? To question six de ...more
Paperback, 91 pages
Published May 6th 1999 by Brookline Books (first published 1993)
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A rather slight piece containing what appears to be some of the thoughts floating about in Duras' head on the subject of writing, circa 1993. These tend to take the form of short paragraphs or single lines, though two at least become vignettes and "chapters" of a sort. Overall, the work gives the impression of the sort of notes you might write when preparing to give a speech where you want just the right phrase- attacking and re-attacking a single idea from different angles.

At first, Duras' thou
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Uhhhhhh. I didn't get it but the prose was hypnotic nonetheless.
فهد الفهد
الترجمة جعلتني ألقي بالكتاب بعيداً
ilk deneme (yazmak) çok iyi, sonrası kötü.
Po Po
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I borrowed this from the library expecting it to be entirely about a single subject: writing. It isn't. There are five chapters; each chapter is a stand-alone story.

The first chapter titled "Writing" is by far my favorite. It's beautiful and calming. It discusses the process of writing and its intimate connection with solitude.

Writers crave solitude, yet "there is something suicidal in a writer's solitude."

* * *

The second chapter is about a young British pilot who tragically dies at the age of 2
أحمد شاكر
كتاب في مديح الوحدة. أكثر منه في مديح الكتابة. جاءت دوراس لتقدم لنا كتاب عن الكتابة، فوجدت نفسها تقدم لنا كتاب عن الوحدة. كأنك، لتكتب، يجب أن تكون وحيدا، منعزلا. ومع ذلك، لن تكون وحيدا أبدا، هذا ما تقر به دوراس، التي عرفت الوحدة في منزلها الذي عاشت به في نوفل شاتو، لمدة عشر سنوات. تقول بأننا لن نكون وحدنا أبدا. لا نكون وحيدين فيزيقيا أبدا. في أي مكان. نسمع الأصوات في المطبخ، من التلفزيون، في الشقق المجاورة،... ثم تحكي، عن رؤيتها، لذبابة تموت. بقيت تراقبها لثمان دقائق تقريبا، كأنها تقول، ومعنا ال ...more
ريم الصالح
واضح أن الكتاب جميل، يمكنك أن تحس بذلك. الترجمة -للأسف- لم تكن بالمستوى المطلوب. لقد كانت تتمزق بصورة مزعجة.
This collection includes five short pieces, of which I was most interested in Writing. In fact, I initially thought that the whole book was about writing, so that was slightly disappointing, albeit my own fault. What was more seriously disappointing was the collection itself, which really wasn't as interesting or as good as I had expected it to be. Only Writing was worth reading, if I'm honest, and even that only had its moments, with an occasional passage that stood out. Perhaps if I had previo ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
La nada, bien escrita, (si la ha escrito Duras) ya es mucho más que nada.
Ba, hay bốn ngày + đêm, nhất định chẳng làm gì, chẳng làm gì chỉ để nhất định không làm gì cả, để trốn việc, để không nghĩ tới các deadlines, để được chìm đắm một mình một cõi, và quyết định chỉ đọc và đọc lại M.Duras, sau một cuộc nói chuyện dài thật dài về bà. Tất cả những cuốn sách mình có được lôi ra, xếp cạnh đầu giường, và cơ hồ có lúc mình không biết là mình đang đọc, đọc chỉ để đọc, để đọc lại, để đọc hết, để không phải đọc nữa: Đập ngắn Thái Bình Dương, Viết, Tình, Người tình, Người tìn ...more
Cinco textos, entre ensaios e contos.

Escrever – 5*
A morte do jovem aviador inglês – 4*
Roma – 4*
O número puro – 3*
A exposição da pintura – 2*

Gostei sobretudo do primeiro texto, que aborda a necessidade da solidão para escrever, da maneira muito crua da autora. Também são abordados outros temas, como a morte, a guerra, a paixão, a criação artística.

"A morte de uma mosca é a morte. É a morte em marcha em direção a um certo fim do mundo, que alarga o campo do último sono. Vemos morrer um cão, vemo
روان طلال
الكتاب عظيم جدا، امرأة تكتب عن فعل الكتابة. والسيء به كانت الترجمة بلا شك، ابتداء من عدد الصحفات حيث تبلغ عدد صفحات الكتاب بنسخته الفرنسية 123 صفحة، فيما الترجمة الانجليزية كانت 144 صفحة ولكن الترجمة العربية أتت بـ 33 صفحة تسبقها 24 صفحة كمقدمة. ذكر المترجم أنه وخلال ترجمته كان يحاول الحفاظ على طريقة الكاتبة في كتابة جمل مختزلة ومكثفة، لكن ما وجدته أنه وخلال عدد من المقاطع أتت الترجمة ركيكة، وللأسف لم يذكر سبب الاختلاف الكبير في عدد الصفحات مقارنةً بالكتاب بلغته الأصل. كما أني أسعى لقراءة الكتاب ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
The first chapter took my breath away. It was interesting to explore the author’s thoughts on writing but the rest - second, third, fourth and fifth- were mostly incoherent and somehow chaotic thoughts and dialogues..
El estilo de Duras me gusta bastante, pero la verdad a veces es demasiado rara para mí. No sé. Me gusta pero a medias.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: escritura
Este libro no contiene grandes reflexiones y conocimientos sobre el mundo de la escritura, más bien son palabras de una escritora contadas de una forma preciosa y conmovedora. ¿Acaso existe algo más importante que los sentimientos reales de una persona que se dedica a contarnos sus historias?

«Un escritor es algo extraño. Es una contradicción y también un sinsentido. Escribir también es no hablar. Es callarse. Es aullar sin ruido. Un escritor es algo que descansa, con frecuencia, escucha mucho. N
I'm not exaggerating when I say that this book is my Bible. I think every writer should read it, especially if you are someone who writes in a more literary style or in an experimental and unconventional style. I also recommend "Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke. Both of these books have been essential to my own awakening and evolution as a writer.
حيدر العبدلي
- بوسعي قول كل ما أريد، لكني لن أجد أبدا لماذا نكتب ، ولا كيف نكتب
- عندما انام أغطي وجهي، كنت أخاف مني. لا أعلم كيف ولا لمه، ولهذا السبب كنت أشرب قبل النوم. لأنساني
مارغريت دوراس
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bu kadına bayılıyorum. Yazar olma yolunda önemli bir temel sağladı benim için yazım tarzını çok benimsiyorum büyük ihtimal en çok ilham alacağım yazarların başında gelecek!
Steve Turtell
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I didn't jump on the Duras bandwagon in the wake of the astonishing success of The Lover, primarily because of her connection with the Nouveau roman, which I find tedious and pretentious. In grad school I had to read Robbe-Grillet's For A New Novel and hated its combination of the obvious and the tautological masquerading as profundity. To wit: In one of the essays he states that it is "chiefly in its presence that the world's reality resides." Gee. You don't say! Let me write that down! And whe ...more
Mar 31, 2007 rated it it was ok
Margareth Duras is a long poem, in different books with different verses.
با نام دوراس "سوزان سونتاگ"، و با نام سونتاگ، "مارگریت دوراس" تداعی می شود. تصور می کنم دوراس را هر زنی باید بخواند، و البته هر مردی هم. دوراس "سیمون دو بوار"ی دیگر است، با همان بی پروایی، جسارت و صلابت، اما زنانه و ظریف. برای خواندن و فهمیدن دوراس، باید حوصله و دقت داشت، همان اندازه که برای خواندن ویرجینیا وولف. بسیاری از آثار مارگریت دوراس به همت قاسم رویین به فارسی برگردانده شده. "تابستان 80"، "بحر مکتوب"، "درد"، "نایب
Gry Pil
Oct 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
If I could give it zero stars, I would. this is some of the most pointless, incoherent stuff I've ever read. to boot, it's not interesting, so it's just a tumble of words. If this is indeed the way she thinks/thought, I'm exasperated.
She keeps going over her topics in circles, repeating things over and over.
And no, I really don't think I'm being too harsh. this woman is a hypocrite and a mysogonistic feminist. How can one be a mysogonistic feminist? By thinking "women are useless, but not me, I'
Elizabeth Periale
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it

"Writing is a stream of consciousness collection of essays by French author and film director Marguerite Duras, best known for her novel The Lover and her screenplay for the film Hiroshima Mon Amour.
One of her last books, Writing reads as a running meditation on the act of writing. She touches on the many subjects, especially death, that have compelled her to write. As much as she directs some of her prose to the reader, the essays quite often seem like Du
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction14
Beautiful, profound. I read this very very slowly. The pace and the tone were more akin to poetry than prose. There was a great sense of wisdom throughout - clearly Duras is a woman who thinks with great care and passion and continues employing those as she tries to write to express her findings and feelings to others. I wrote down lots of quotes.
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
"Pure" writing..."pure" thoughts..."screaming without a sound."
√ المترجم : أحمد المديني
√ لغة الترجمة :
أتت لغة المترجم أنيقة و جميلة و سلسة ، لكنّها للأسف لم تخلُ من بعض الأخطاء اللغوية.
تقييمي للترجمة : ★★★★
√ محتوى الكتاب :
استمتعت جدًّا بتأمّلاتها في الحياة و الكتابة و الوحدة ، و جعلتني - وكذلك تقديم المترجم للنص - أرغب في أن أقرأ مؤلّفاتها.
تقييمي للنص : ★★★★
√ Translator : Ahmed El-Madini
√ The Arabic translation was very allegiant and beautiful, it makes me feel "so high" !
Unfortunately, I found some mistakes in Arabic grammar and in words can't be considere
Heidi (KosminenK)
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kirjailija on yksinäinen. / / / Ja vaikuttava teksti toisella puoliskolla ”Nuoren englantilaisen lentävän kuolema”. Toisen maailmansodan viimeisenä päivänä menehtynyt aluksi tuntemattoman hauta, muistaminen, kylä muistaa, rakkaus lapseen sai koko Vauvillen juhlimaan hautajaisia” ja lopulta: ”Ja niin koittaa päivä, jolloin ei ole mitään kirjoitettavaa, luettavaa, ei muuta kuin sanoiksi kääntymätön nuoren vainajan elämä, niin nuoren että voi vain huutaa.”
Andrea J
Interès i desenvolupament irregulars. M'ha interessat sobretot "Escribir" per raons evidents. La muerte del aviador inglés se m'ha fet feixuc, repetitiu. Dels altres textos m'ha agradat Roma.
La Duras em costa, generalment, per entretallada i dispersa. M'interessa però m'ennuega.
Francis Carrière
Lu pour un séminaire avec J.-S. DesRochers. Fascinante lecture!
Alekz Hannah (Bookupied)
I only wantet to read the title essay. I liked it a lot.
Chi Nguyễn
Hơi khó đọc một chút, đặc biệt là khi đọc bản tiếng Việt, có lẽ vì việc dịch ra bản tiếng Việt đã rất khó rồi. Nhưng chắc chắn bạn sẽ tìm ra được những điều ý nghĩa và khiến bạn phải suy nghĩ, nếu bạn là người thích viết, và thích đọc.
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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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“Finding yourself in a hole, at the bottom of a hole, in almost total solitude, and discovering that only writing can save you. To be without the slightest subject for a book, the slightest idea for a book, is to find yourself, once again, before a book. A vast emptiness. A possible book. Before nothing. Before something like living, naked writing, like something terrible, terrible to overcome.” 77 likes
“The solitude of writing is a solitude without which writing could not be produced, or would crumble, drained bloodless by the search for something else to write.” 53 likes
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