Marguerite Duras: Apocalyptic Desires

ISBN: 0415050480
ISBN 13: 9780415050487
By: Leslie Hill

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The first fully detailed, complete account in English of the fiction and films of France's best-known and most controversial woman writer. Leslie Hill throws new light on Duras' relation with feminism, sexuality and psychoanalysis.

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I recently read Hill's book on Blanchot and quite enjoyed it, and since I've been basically obsessed with Duras's writing lately I was super pumped to read this. Hill's writing is deceptively easy, balancing literary theory with larger philosophical issues & politics (and to be able to move deftly between all three realms is necessary both with Blanchot and Duras), and as such the book interrogates Duras's career (up through 1993--which I think only misses Duras's last book, but also predates her death). And it doesn't just look at the books, either, which would be to misread the oeuvre--it probes the films & the theater as well, unifying in a thesis that constructs an idea of "apocalyptic desire" that the entire body of work presents--and I think, any one fairly engaged with Duras can understand this thesis without the book, but Hill's probings lend even more credence and exegesis to the idea. A really fantastic book overall, and there are parts in the first chapter (which extensively quotes from interviews formerly not available in English) that I plan on revisiting soon.

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