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The War A Memoir An elegant new paperback edition of one of Marguerite Duras s most important books Written in and first published in Duras s riveting account of life in Paris during the Nazi occupation and

  • Title: The War: A Memoir
  • Author: Marguerite Duras
  • ISBN: 9780394750392
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • An elegant new paperback edition of one of Marguerite Duras s most important books.Written in 1944 and first published in 1985, Duras s riveting account of life in Paris during the Nazi occupation and the first months of liberation depicts the harrowing realities of World War II era France with a rich conviction enhanced by a spare, almost arid, technique Julian BarneAn elegant new paperback edition of one of Marguerite Duras s most important books.Written in 1944 and first published in 1985, Duras s riveting account of life in Paris during the Nazi occupation and the first months of liberation depicts the harrowing realities of World War II era France with a rich conviction enhanced by a spare, almost arid, technique Julian Barnes, The Washington Post Book World Duras, by then married and part of a French resistance network headed by Fran ois Mitterand, tells of nursing her starving husband back to health after his return from Bergen Belsen, interrogating a suspected collaborator, and playing a game of cat and mouse with a Gestapo officer who was attracted to her The result is than one woman s diary it is a haunting portrait of a time and a place and also a state of mind The New York Times.

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    1. StevenGodin on said:

      Published some forty years after it was written during the liberation of Paris, Marguerite Duras, with a state of mind that is clearly under the influence of paranoia, anguish, and deep worry, writes of her day to day experiences in 1944, during uncertain times in the French capital. Duras apparently found this written account as a diary in a couple of exercise books inside a cupboard, and says,"I have no recollection of having written it. I know I did. I recognize my own handwriting, details of [...]

    2. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      La Douleur = The War, Marguerite Duras La Douleur (War: A Memoir) is a controversial, semi-autobiographical work by Marguerite Duras published in 1985 but drawn from diaries that she supposedly wrote during World War II. It is a collection of six texts recounting a mix of her experiences of the Nazi Occupation of France, with fictional details. She claims to have "forgotten" ever writing the diary in which she recorded her wartime experiences, but most critics believe that to be a deliberate att [...]

    3. Manny on said:

      Since 9/11, there has been much debate about whether torture is justified. Its apologists in the Bush-Cheney administration were eloquent about why it can sometimes be necessary. We were frequently told about ticking time-bombs and the threat of a mushroom cloud over an American city. Some horrifying stories surfaced from people who had been tortured at Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, and elsewhere. But, and it just occurs to me now to think how odd this is, I don't recall reading one straightforward a [...]

    4. notgettingenough on said:

      Reviewed in conjunction with Roughneck by Jim ThompsonSometimes you read a book that makes you feel ashamed of your life, every time you thought you were unlucky or that you deserve more or that you should get more. Whatever you have suffered, however genuine it be, suddenly becomes as nothing, its place clearly fixed in the universe as the measliest dot the world ever has seen. Roughneck does that. It describes a portion of his life in the pared down, straightforward way Thompson tells all his [...]

    5. KamRun on said:

      در این نوشته‌ها به شما زنی را معرفی می‌کنم که یک شکنجه‌گر است. این زن منم، مارگاریت دوراس. بخاطر بسپارید که این‌ها نوشته‌هایی مقدس‌انددرد مجموعه‌ای از روزنگاری‌ها و خاطرات دوراس در روزهای پایانی اشغال فرانسه بدست نازی‌هاست. او در این نوشتارها به مسائل حساسی اشاره می‌کن [...]

    6. Soheila on said:

      من چقد باید با روایت ها و داستانای جنگ جهانی دوم گریه کنم؟به اندازه ی درد تموم اون آدما؟.داستان آخر منو عجیب یاد فیلم فهرست شیندلر انداختاون دختر کوچولوی سرخ پوشاین کتابو ازدست ندید.بخاطر تموم تجربه هایی که بهتون اضافه میکنه.

    7. Zahra on said:

      روایت دوراس از رنج جان‌به‌دربردگان ِجنگ، فلج‌کننده است. نمی‌فهمم چطور چنان حال و تجربه‌ی توصیف‌ناپذیری را این‌طور قوی و شگفت توانسته بر کاغذ بیاورد

    8. Jimmy on said:

      "Not for a second do I see the need to be brave. Perhaps being brave is my form of cowardice."I just realized that I have not reviewed this book yet.Part of the reason for my lapse is that there is never anything to say about war. About the Holocaust. About torture. About death.Or rather, there is too much to say that I never know where to begin.Besides Marguerite said it all already in this book.Which is in itself impressive. She says it all in here without falling into the typical trappings of [...]

    9. Zahra-T on said:

      چند تا داستان کوتاه حول موضوع جنگ جهانی.چقدر دوستش نداشتم:(خوشحالم که تموم شد.به زور خوندمش.کسل کننده و پر از ابهام،مترجم هم به این ابهام و کسالت افزوده بود.حالا حالاها نه دیگه از خانم دوراس کتابی خواهم خوند و نه ترجمه ای از آقای روبین.

    10. Amir on said:

      خانم مارگاریت عزیز؛ چند شب پیش بود که زدیم توی پر هم. بعد از آن می خواستم به دوراس خوانی فاصله ای بدهم. اما نمی دانم چه شد که کتاب درد را شروع کردم. داستان-کوتاه بلند درد و داستان کوتاه پیر رابیه تان حرف نداشت. می دانید خانم دوراس! باز همان احساس گناهی را دارم که بعد از خواندن صفحه [...]

    11. Corrie on said:

      It was amazing, I couldn't finish the last chapter, it was too sad to take in at the moment.

    12. Monique on said:

      Het titelverhaal is het meest interessante van dit boek. Hierin beschrijft Dumas het wanhopig wachten op de terugkeer van haar gedeporteerde man, de Franse jurist en auteur, Robert Antelme. Het was ook interessant om te lezen over de rol die de Franse oud-president Françoise Mitterand speelde in het Franse Verzet.

    13. Sivoj on said:

      Il s'agit d'un recueil de nouvelles autobiographiques, dont la principale se titre La douleur, et raconte l'attente par Marguerite du retour de son mari Robert des camps de concentration ; l'attente qui s'éternise, qui fait douter et se dire qu'il est sûrement mort, qu'il vaudrait peut-être mieux qu'il le soit, et qui la tue elle aussi. La nouvelle suivante, Monsieur X. dit ici Pierre Rabier, raconte la période, situé entre l'arrestation de Robert et sa déportation, pendant laquelle Margue [...]

    14. Elizabeth (Alaska) on said:

      I'm feeling sort of odd about this. It was my introduction to Marguerite Duras and I think it ought not to have been. On the other hand, I read it because I wanted some foreknowledge and perspective and this surely gave it to me.The first 50 pages or so are a diary of the end of the war in Paris and her not knowing whether her husband survived. Waiting. Waiting. I tried to remind myself it was a diary, yet written so powerfully I had tears running down my cheeks in the first 10 pages.The next ab [...]

    15. Alan on said:

      This is the third time I have read a book by Duras and said it is the best book I have ever read. I am astonished and destroyed. Despite the fact that the English publishers did everything in their power to make no one want to read it, by changing the title shamelessly in order to fit into the memoirs market. The real title should be translated--so I am told--Pain or Suffering. I didn't like the story from her communist period. I also had some problems with the following one, about the small Jew [...]

    16. Kirsten on said:

      Beautiful. The most visceral, heart-wrenching description of waiting, waiting for someone who may not be coming home, that I've ever read. Provided a really interesting perspective as a member of the French Resistance in Paris during WWII, something I know almost nothing about. Primarily memoir, based on her journals kept during the war, but ended with two short stories that I enjoyed somewhat less. Beautiful writing but as usual with a translation, I'm never sure how much is author and how much [...]

    17. Emma on said:

      une lecture difficile dans les thèmes abordés, des nouvelles autobiographiques sur le retour des camps, la guerre, la torture. Les mots durs de la réalité, de la résistance vécue de l'intérieur par Marguerite Duras, je conseille, mais ayez le cœur bien accroché

    18. Nicole des Bouvrie on said:

      For years I wanted to read this book, but could never find it. Now I did find a copy from 1986, and read it in a few hours. Unique in its perspective of the one who waits who waits for the arrival of someone who might have survived the camps, not knowing what he has survived. Incredibly moving.

    19. Jim on said:

      Many years ago, I read Marguerite Duras's The Ravishing of Lol Stein, which, at the time, did not make much of an impression on me. Such was not the case with The War, which struck me as being more emotionally realistic than most Resistance literature. (After all, it seems that 125% of the French were actively involved in the Resistance.) I knew, when Duras used the term naphthalinés, "the mothballed ones," to refer to French army members who decamped and put their uniforms in mothballs rather [...]

    20. Ali on said:

      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 فهمید [...]

    21. Ali on said:

      The first piece in this collection which bears the same title as the book, the war, is perhaps one of the most painful things I have ever read; Brutally personal and breathtakingly authentic. For the two days that i was reading it i could barely think of anything other than the "characters" and what they have been through. It's as hunting as a non-fictional gets. I'll certainly go back to this text later. The biggest question I'm left with is that during those days of great suffering and despair [...]

    22. Izzy on said:

      Marguerite Duras is a strong woman who lived through WWII, these short stories are autobiographical; She writes about nursing her first husband after he got back from the camps in one, her involvement in the Paris restitance, and her nazi admirer in others. She writes in a simple way that is gripping and faces her readers with the choices she had to make, the tension she lived with in these extreme situations between life and death, resistance and occupation, loved ones and enemies Her tales of [...]

    23. Andrew on said:

      In so many ways, this is a novel unlike anything else Duras has written-- it's far more straightforward, especially considering how it masks itself as a series of “lost diaries.” And it's skeletally spare, which I think is necessary when you're writing a book called “La Douleur” (“Pain”) (and a major fuck you to whichever American publisher decided to translate this title as “War: A Memoir”). While it doesn't reach the tropical lushness of L'Amant or the spare beauty of Moderato [...]

    24. Melika Khoshnezhad on said:

      " مردن از مرگی عجیب، بدون اثری از حادثه ای یا اتفاقی، مردن بدون ظاهری از مرگ. "کتابی درباره ی وانهادگی زنی که در انتظار همسرش است تااز جنگ برگردد. منتظر نیست که او را در آغوش بکشد بلکه منتظر است تا روبل برگردد و به محض بازگشتش بمیرد. باید این طور باشد. او خسته تر از آن است که خودخو [...]

    25. Lane Pybas on said:

      6 affecting stories about Duras’ role in the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation of France. Duras casts doubt on the veracity of her autobiography by claiming she doesn’t remember writing the principle story, “La Douler,” and by admitting that the facts of another story “lie buried under 40 years.” These deliberate efforts to confuse autobiography and fiction, in conjunction with her deceptively simple prose, render some of the most disturbing tales of WW2 that I have ever r [...]

    26. Alan on said:

      have to admit to not remembering much about this, but have come across this note in my 1989 notebook: Marguerite Duras's writing in 'La Doleur': next to it your own problems, your own writing seems silly. Robert L's slow and painful recovery, all his insides visible, his skin like paper.I'll have to seek it out again.

    27. Nicole Marble on said:

      This nearly unknown book is a powerfully written look at life in France during the Nazi occupation. The author was a well known French writer who kept a running account of her experiences as people try to adapt to horrible circumstances and go 'underground' to fight the enemy. Powerful and clear. A must read.

    28. EP on said:

      An important perspective of world war two. This memoir is modernist and investigates the problems of truth in writing a memoir. A lovely and terrifying story. I'm a better person for having read it.

    29. Maria Jančová on said:

      Ce livre m'a brisé le coeur. Etre en douleur ou pas, la guérison définitve n'existe pas.

    30. Tanya Kaplun on said:

      «Боль (Дневник)» Маргерит Дюрас - в стороне от художественной литературы. Там, где пишется память. На страницах «Боли» - память о пережитых днях Второй Мировой войны. Потому, не художественную ценность несёт этот дневник, но ценность гуманистическую, историческую.Маргерит Д [...]

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