Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras was one of France's outstanding authors and playwrights of the second half of the 20th century, perhaps most famous for the film Hiroshima, Mon Amour. She came to be celebrated in late life for two bestselling works, published in English translation as The Lover (L'amant), a highly fictionalised autobiographical account of a love affair between a young girl and an older wealthy Chinese man, set in French colonial Vietnam, and The War (La douleur), drawn from diaries Duras kept during the Second World War. She died in Paris in 1996.

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