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Emotionally charged, sparsely written, and vicariously compelling, Marguerite Duras's novel centers on the desire of a young man for another man he has only glimpsed once, but with whom he falls desperately in love.
Hardcover, 117 pages
Published February 12th 1988 by Pantheon (first published 1986)
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DoctorM
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
An odd and unsettling book...

An unnamed seaside town in an unnamed country, there at season's end. In a room in a rented house is a couple. They are together at twilight, naked, but not lovers, or at least not lovers in any usual sense. She is beautiful, young, damaged, ghostly. He is slightly older, gay, no less alone. And there in the dusk, they...talk. About love and lovers, about their lives and about what they've lost and the people they've seen vanish.

This is a lovely, eerie, sad, melanch
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Miguel
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
« (...) a emoção que por vezes se sente quando se reconhece aquilo que ainda não se conhece, com a impossibilidade em que se está de não se poder exprimir essa impossibilidade por causa da desproporção das palavras, da sua magreza, face à enormidade da dor.»

«É a história de um amor, o maior e mais aterrador que me aconteceu escrever. Sei-o. Sabemo-lo para nós mesmos. Trata-se de um amor jamais nomeado nos romances, inominado até por aqueles que o vivem, de um sentimento que de algum modo não enc
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Nate D
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: the lovers, the doomed
Recommended to Nate D by: the hypnosis of the waves beyond the terrace
Basically concurrently with the film series at the Spectacle, and now extending beyond, I've been devouring Duras' novels lately. But strangely, no one work really obviously stands apart from the other for me -- they're more like movements of some larger work constructed of many disparate voices and even mediums, converging around her central obsessions.

Particularly, her 80s work, her late inventions and stylistic evolution. This one glides especially along with Duras' fantastically minimal 198
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Filipe Miguel
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, drama
Angustiante, desconcertante, desconexo

"Olhos Azuis, Cabelos Pretos" (des)equilibra-se entre a estrutura narrativa e a dramática. Navega embalado na terceira pessoa, no interior de embarcações sucessivas de "ele", "ela", "ele", "ela".

Um "ele" que não se sente atraído por mulheres (apaixonado por uma visão), uma "ela" que se sente atraída por homens (amante de uma ilusão). Em comum, um jovem estrangeiro de olhos azuis e cabelo preto que se materializou num atrio de hotel. Como enredo, a paixão de
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João Duarte
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Não tenho a certeza, mas acho que mais do que um livro acerca das várias formas de amor, é um livro sobre o vazio.
Sobre o vazio que o tipo errado de amor pode provocar. E corro o risco de tropeçar na blasfémia, bem sei, mas o amor errado é-o num sentido de substituição. É injusto, sujo, feio, mas não deixa de ser amor, nem que seja pela tentativa, pelo esforço.
É estranho quando a reciprocidade deixa um vácuo.
Afinal estamos à procura de quê?

“Se não houvesse nem mar nem amor, ninguém escreveria
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Rebecca
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Tis impossible to read Duras without a contagion of longing.

"It was there that it happened. The love I haven't talked to you about - it was there. There that I saw for all time a young foreigner with blue eyes, black hair, the one I wanted to die for that evening with you in the cafe by the sea."

"She says people ought to learn to live like them, with the body abandoned in a wilderness, and in the mind the memory of a single kiss, a single word, a single look to stand for a whole love."

*rests c
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Begoña
"Es el hecho del hombre indefinidamente presente a sí mismo lo que asusta."

Tal vez sea esta frase la que mejor englobe el significado y el sentimiento que trae consigo la novela de Marguerite Duras: la terrible melancolía y la desdicha que habita en el fondo del ser humano, la incapacidad para perdurar a lo largo del tiempo. Esa incapacidad se hace patente en los encuentros, más afectivos que amorosos, entre el hombre y la mujer que protagonizan la novela. Ambos se encuentran sumidos en una hond
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Lucy Carstairs

Well, this didn't make any sense to me.

This is a story about a man who sees a blue-eyed, black-haired foreigner, next to an equally blue-eyed woman, and instantly desires said man.

Not seeing him again, nor knowing what to do, but meeting the woman later, he strikes a weird deal with her, in which she is to live with him, so as 'he doesn't go mad'.

The story goes on about the weirdness that comes from the absurdity that was that deal.

The woman apparently desires that man, who desires the other man
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Jeremy
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a weird, entrancing little book. Duras writes about a messed up love affair using these short, elliptical, almost hypnotic paragraphs. Everything seems to loop and feedback into itself, love becomes memory, becomes desire, becomes obsession, becomes death, etc. It's a weirdly visual book, you can almost see how a moody, black and white film version of this would work would unfold through itself. Duras has a gorgeous, brooding pensiveness all her own.
Oziel Bispo
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ele....desesperado por uma perda...Ela...disposta a tudo. Um contrato. O impossível. " — Talvez seja possível viver o amor
assim, de uma forma terrível" é tudo que posso dizer de "Olhos azuis , cabelo preto " de Marguerite Duras
Valérie KC
Marguerite Duras' books are so short that you can manage to read two of them on a saturday night, and still have plenty of time to go out for a drink afterwards. In this novel (and probably in every single novel from her I have read) Marguerite Duras portrays a dysfunctional affair between two disheartened characters, obsessed with desire, and obsessed with death. I guess it is a successful recipe, since I always find myself enjoying her stories, as well as her simple and unique prose. Les yeux ...more
teavious
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 more likely. I can't exactly find words to describe my experience with this book, I am also pretty sure I did not understand everything in it, even if I enjoyed it quite a lot (but do yourself a favor and don't start it when you're supposed to study, because it does weird things to you and it's not as easy to read as initially thought) and all in one, it was a weird experience.

((for ~6 months, i will still write my reviews only in very few sentences, i'm sorry!! i just don't have the time o
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Joana Cardoso
Uma leitura quase extenuante que torna um livro pequeno num processo de leitura demorado. Consigo sentir tanto de desprezo como de excitação ao ler página atrás de página mesmo que de um modo arrastado e penoso.

96 páginas de um arrastar penoso que apenas conseguirá agradar a quem conseguir compactuar com o estilo de escrita de Marguerite Duras e se interessar por uma história de mistura amores, sexualidade e um sem fim de conceitos difíceis de explicar.
Aaron Gallardo
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unos Adán y Eva viciosos y agazapados, fundidos con el pecado de tener conciencia (y a veces renunciando a él). El demonio, la estela de un muchacho, erecta como un búnker infranqueable. A veces, la furia y el silencio nos hacen reconocer cosas perdidas en los gritos, en las grietas de las demás personas. Marguerite Duras es reescritura, es hablar y fracasar (porque ella sabe que fracasarán sus palabras, el mismo lenguaje; que sus mitos serán convertidos de nuevo en «la trama lisa del universo») ...more
Sara
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In questo racconto la Duras cerca di catturare l'essenza stessa di ogni storia d'amore. La visuale complessiva è potente, fatta di luci, suoni, colori, immagini archetipiche di muri e di mare. Purtroppo il suo essere deliberatamente impersonale svuota la storia di ogni reale emozione, la colloca nella sfera della coscienza onirica, e la sua riduzione "teatrale" rende ogni scena piuttosto ripetitiva. Mi aspettavo qualcosa di molto diverso.
Cristiano
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoris
Un récit d'une touchante beauté.
Deny
Aug 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Може би проблемът е в мен - винаги го търся първо в себе си, когато ми е трудно да преглътна книгата на утвърден писател като Маргьорит Дюрас. Още повече, че бях силно впечатлена от "Любовникът", която се е врязала дълбоко в паметта ми и не мога да я забравя.
Исках да оценя "Очи сини, коси черни" поне с две звезди и да кажа, че е ОК, но истината е, че тя въобще не ми хареса.
100 страници описание на безидейното лутане на мъж и жена, които делят спомена за общ любим - мъж с очи сини и коси черни.
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Alshia Moyez
Sep 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: avoid-this-mess
This is the first time in my life I've EVER given a book a 1 star before. Now, I've been a hardcore fan of this author's for so long I can't even remember. Her book, THE LOVER drew me in and made me a fan. I'm also a fan of THE NORTH CHINA LOVER (which is a longer, revised version of The Lover). I've tried to convert friends over to Duras, only for them to tell me they couldn't get into her work. Lucky for me they didn't get to this horrible book I'm about to review right now.

At 60 pages, it was
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Lorraine
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Très fort. J'étais d'abord perdue, mal à l'aise. Univers un peu froid, sans vie, sans sens, écriture dont je n'avais pas l'habitude. Des phrases courtes, jamais de noms, des actions répétitives, presque entêtantes... Mais je n'arrivais pas à m'en défaire, et plus je lisais, plus je me sentais happée, sensibilisée, à vif - et de fait, j'ai trouvé plein de moments de grâce ultime, qui m'ont fait chavirer. Cette histoire m'a fait du bien, ça collait assez avec mon état d'esprit du moment. Pleurer e ...more
Jivana Drenth
Mar 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I would enjoy this book because I enjoy Marguerite Duras work, but unfortunately I didn't. I thought it was so confusing and repetitive. At the beginning I thought once I get a hold of it I'll start comprehending it and therefore enjoying it, but I just couldn't wrap my head around it.
In the description of the copy I got from my local library, there's a commentary that Duras made about this book, she says that we should read it even if we hate it, we should just read it because neithe
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Alison
Mar 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed the first third of the book because I like Duras' writing style, but I cannot say that I liked the book. I never connected with either of the characters in a way that made me give a damn about what happened to them. There is a good reason that this is the least often read and studied of Duras' work.
Dessislava
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Да се чете и гледа бавно.

"Очи сини коси черни" е кинематографична и цинична, безнадеждно отчаяна в невъзможността от случване на любовта по нормален или адекватен начин. Дюрас не умее да допуска героите си един до друг. Доближава ги физически, а ги отблъсква платонично. Доближава ги духом и рязко ги отдалечава тялом. Deal with it. Всичко е френско, авангардно и изтънчено.
Jimmy
Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
This wasn't as good as The Lover... and I think the other one I read was North China Lover? Not sure, since it seems like all her books cover the very same territory, this one included. Which I am getting kinda bored of.
Yasemin Şahin
Kitap aslında bir senaryo gibi ilerliyor fakat uzun öykü sınıfında.
İsimler yok kadın ve erkek diye tabir ediliyor ve bu durum tüm okumada dikkatimi çok dağıttı diyebilirim.
Emily
Jul 08, 2009 rated it liked it
It's a novel about a gay man and a straight woman in room together naked. That's about it. I found it mildly entertaining.
José
Jun 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Não viveram felizes para sempre? Ou viveram?!? Já nem sei.
Livro requintado para gente requintada.
Catarina K
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My personal favorite by Duras.
Maria
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando se aproxima dela, percebe-se que está cheio da alegria de a ter encontrado, e no desespero de ter de a perder de novo.
Mónica Leirião
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
profundo e intenso
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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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“She says people ought to learn to live like them, with the body abandoned in a wilderness, and in the mind the memory of a single kiss, a single word, a single look to stand for a whole love.” 64 likes
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