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Hiroshima Mon Amour

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  4,342 ratings  ·  241 reviews
El presente volumen contiene la totalidad del material literario de Marguerite Duras para la película de Alain Resnais, incluidas ciertas descripciones adicionales y fragmentos no incluidos finalmente. Una de las experiencias más singulares de la expresión artística de nuestro tiempo.
Paperback, Booket, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Planeta (first published 1959)
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Jim Fonseca
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-authors, war, japan
A film script written by the French author. The 1959 film won many awards including the International Critics' Prize at the Cannes Film festival as well as the New York Film Critics' Award. The text is literally a script and in places the author offers the director advice on how to take the shot and even options or different outcomes of the scene at the moment. The edition I read included 70 black and white stills from the movie, some of which were horrible scenes of the carnage caused by the bo ...more
Steven Godin
Duras, who was rightly nominated for a Oscar (Best Screenplay), for Alain Resnais's 1959 film, has produced a Painful, haunting and unforgettable piece of writing, exploring themes she has always held close to her heart, that being love and reminiscence. A Japanese architect and a French actress form the basis of this celebrated short novel, set in Hiroshima, which, essentially is a metaphor for one's inability to forget the wounds of history, during the aftermath of the Second world war. The si ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
Read the book, watch the movie. This is a heart-crushing story during WWII told from a female perspective behind the lines. Riveting.
lark benobi
I started reading three hours ago and sat reading as it got dark around me and didn't answer the phone or even turn the lights on until I couldn't see the page. What riveted me--aside from the story itself-- was the utter starkness of the language. Not "minimal" at all, no, it's rich and musical, but what's there on the page is only what is absolutely necessary. Every word. The rhythm of the language is so startling, the rhythm of the repetitions in the conversations, the give and take, the way ...more
Emily
After watching and utterly falling for Alain Resnais's and Marguerite Duras's 1959 film Hiroshima mon amour back in March, I was so enamored of the language—sparse, yet compelling enough that I recited phrases from the film to myself for weeks after watching it—that I had to search out Duras's original screenplay and spend some time absorbing the words at a slower-than-speech pace. Doing so only increased my admiration for Duras's work here, while at the same time helping me realize how much ...more
Evan
"Like you, I wanted to have an inconsolable memory, a memory of shadows and stone."

"I'll think of this adventure as the horror of oblivion. I already know it."

This is the screenplay of one of the finest films ever made. It is a delicate, poignant, slight and tender thing, but it probes the mysteries of love, forgetfulness, memory, time and oblivion in a way that few films have, within the framework of a nimble narrative that understands how the human brain processes and thinks about time -- past
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Edita
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marguerite-duras
A hopeless love [...] therefore already relegated to oblivion. Therefore eternal.
[...] Just as in love this illusion exists, this illusion of being able never to forget [...] Like you, I know what it is to forget. [...] Like you, I have a memory. I know what it is to forget. [...] Like you, I too have tried with all my might not to forget. Like you, I forgot. Like you, I wanted to have an inconsolable memory, a memory of shadows and stone.
C.
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Film buffs and film sceptics (that would be me)
Recommended to C. by: Modern and Contemp. Lit 101
I haven't had a huge amount of exposure to nouvelle vague films, but what I've seen is so great. On one level it's totally wacked, but on another it's so beautiful and deep and profound and it's all about love and life and living and loving and it's... wow. Just wow.

"SHE: ... I meet you.
I remember you.
Who are you?
You destroy me.
You're so good for me.
How could I have known that you were made to the size of my body?
You're great. How wonderful. You're great.
How slow all of a sudden.
And how sweet.
Mo
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Abe
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
(read in French)

I admire the quick cuts to previous memories and tertiary events bringing out the true meaning of a piece of dialogue or a scene.
Luís
This book has a unified text from images of Alain Resnais, with one ideal scenario behind it.

Between the shorn girl "dead" in Nevers and the young Japanese man who tirelessly repeats to her that she has "seen nothing in Hiroshima", there can only be the feverish dialogue of the bodies. At the same time, they fall on them, like brilliant ash, the imaginary radiations of human pain.

I saw this film when I was very young with my father in a small art house.

That was a founding text and movie-pictur
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Kelly
This was beautiful. I loved it. Also, in my own happy progress report, I was totally able to read this in French, y'all! This may have biased my opinion in its favor. ...more
Emily
I was going to watch the movie reccommended by a friend of mine, but it wasn't in the library. Luckily, I was able to get a copy in French from the script.

This was so beautiful. How you can get to understand the characters, and their needs, and their past lives, and their sorrows, in only dialogue and a few moves. It's amazing. I love Marguerite Duras' prose so much. I want to see the film, like, now. Though I'm not sure if I'll enjoy it as much as the script. I usually prefer reading and imagin
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Greta
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eternity beggars description. It is neither beautiful nor ugly. Can it be a stone, the shining corner of some object? The stare of a cat? Everything at once? The cat is asleep. Riva is asleep. The cat with its eyes open. Inside the cat's stare or inside Riva's stare? Oval pupils, which fasten on nothing. Enormous pupils. Empty circuses. Where time beats.

Sadness hides in every letter of this book. A beautiful beautiful sadness.
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Erin
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
You need to see the film in addition to reading this because the descriptions don't do the story justice without seeing it. (Contains film footage of the aftermath of the nuclear bomb in Hiroshima.) ...more
Alexander Curran
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"You're destroying me. You're good for me.''

A French young woman has spent the night with a japanese man, at Hiroshima where she went for the shooting of a film about peace. He reminds her of the first man she loved. It was during World War II, and he was a German soldier. The main themes of this film are memory and oblivion.

Emmanuelle Riva: Elle

(A review of the film and story...)

Hiroshima mon amour is an acclaimed 1959 drama film directed by French film director Alain Resnais, with a screenpla
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Víctor
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Just as in love this illusion exists, this illusion of being able never to forget, so I was under the illusion that I would never forget Hiroshima.
Just as in love."


An affair between a Japanese architect and a French actress during her last hours in Hiroshima. Love and memory spreads through the streets of a city that has been devastated not so long ago by the atomic bomb.

Margeruite Duras screenplay for the film by Alain Resnais is a powerful work about the fight against forgetfulness, sur
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Sam Purnell
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Not much happens, watch the film
Marie
3,5/5
Beautifully written but the format was slightly confusing, this just made me want to check out more of Marguerite Dura's work.
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Abeer
Jan 24, 2021 rated it did not like it
maybe when i watch the movie.. i will change my mind
James F
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the script for the 1958 movie directed by Alain Resnais, with some additional background material as appendices. The film (which I watched on youtube after reading this) was one of the most influential films of the French Nouvelle vague of the early sixties; it is really powerful, and after reading this I was able to understand most of the dialogue even though it was in French without subtitles, which usually is difficult for me (I read French very well but don't generally understand it ...more
Doroti
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Това всъщност е филмът. Сценарият. Същото е с мънички изключения, но филмът (пет звездички) ми въздейства много повече от книгата. Все пак съм сигурна, че трябва да дам поне още един шанс на тази авторка...

И дежурните цитати:

I meet you, I remember you.
Who are you?
You are destroying me. You are good for me.
How could I know this city was tailor-made for love?
How could I know you fit my body like a glove?
I like you... How unlikely I like you... How slow...
All of a sudden.
How sweet. You cannot kno
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Will
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
It takes a lot of gall to write something with a title like Treblinka My Darling, then to use it as an opportunity for a bougie foreign actress in postcoitus pillow-talk to wax poetic about mass death to a first-generation survivor (I think this is what he is, though where in Japan he's from is unclear). Then she reminisces about her dead Nazi ex-lover. Neither Duras nor Resnais (in the film) notices how tone-deaf this is.

(I'm reminded of a recent stop-motion comedy by Wes Anderson that's set in
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Myriam
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I return to Hiroshima mon amour from time to time, thinking through the construction of the film of the same name. A hybrid between a screenplay and a novel of sorts, the text reveals how Duras worked through issues of identity and difference in presenting extremes of loss during the second World War from unexpected perspectives. In the end, the Japanese character is a bit static and it becomes clear in Duras's explanation of the back stories of each that the juxtaposition is meant to highlight ...more
Laura Petrarca
Aug 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was going to say this was a completely waste of time, but it wasn’t. I think it’s necessary to read something bad to appreciate the good. I found this book particulary annoying since it’s considered a classic and a masterpiece. Christ, James Joyce is a classic and his books are all masterpieces. This is just an insult to literature.
I get it, Duras is showing the uneasy relationship between love and pain after the IIWW. It shows different perspectives about war and how difficult is to love aft
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Amy
Nov 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book/screenplay is just icky. A French woman is starring in a movie about peace in Hiroshima when she hooks up with this Japanese man. Both are married. They spend their time doing the wild thing and comparing stories. The big turn off is how this totally meaningless affair sets the stage for some sort of discussion/statement about the bombing of Hiroshima and all of the atrocities suffered as well as the will to rebuild. I personally don't see what one thing has to do with the other which ...more
Emm
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This text is so rich in its multilayered contemplation on memory, loss, and love- I could not stop thinking about it. I so deeply felt for the female protagonist as she struggled as her words failed to capture the intimacy of experience, which I relished even more as I found myself failing to articulate my response in reading this. I also found the perspective on dependency both comforting and completely agonizing.... ugh! I just die every time- it's SO good... This screenplay is remarkably poet ...more
Max Davine
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Duras at her best. A rich, beautiful tapestry of passion amidst the resurgence of personal turmoil. A non-linear example of traumatic experiences searing themselves into the layers of the present, so much so that they construct and blind people to happiness and love, allowing only fragmented pieces of obsession or desire to shine through. Such incredible dialogue and scenario that it transcends a dramatic work and becomes a visceral phantasmagoria juxtaposing the horror of war with the human des ...more
Mélie Boltz
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really can't seem to enjoy Duras's fiction.

It feels empty and the love stories seem silly. While there's something beautiful about the way the different time periods resonate together, this is the second of her female characters I've very much disliked for being only defined through the tragic love story that destroyed her in her early twenties. It's a bit... eh.

Anyway... Won't be rushing out to see that film or read more of Duras just yet.
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Alicia  Gordon
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school, favorites
4.5/5 stars. heart-breaking & beautiful.

"One day without his eyes was enough to kill her.
Little girl of Nevers.
Shameless child of Nevers.
One day without his hands and she thinks how sad it is to love.
Silly little girl.
Who dies of love at Nevers."
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Giada
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aaah la Duras!
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Marguerite Duras was born Marguerite Donnadieu on 4 April 1914, in Gia Định, Cochinchina, French Indochina (now Vietnam). Her parents, Marie (née Legrand, 1877-1956) and Henri Donnadieu (1872-1921), were teachers from France who likely had met at Gia Định High School. They had both had previous marriages. Marguerite had two older siblings: Pierre, the eldest, and Paul.

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“I meet you. I remember you. Who are you? You’re destroying me. You’re good for me. How could I know this city was tailor-made for love? How could I know you fit my body like a glove? I like you. How unlikely. I like you. How slow all of a sudden. How sweet. You cannot know. You’re destroying me. You’re good for me. You’re destroying me. You’re good for me. I have time. Please, devour me. Deform me to the point of ugliness. Why not you? Why not you in this city and in this night, so like other cities and other nights you can hardly tell the difference? I beg of you.” 248 likes
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