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Writing, one of Marguerite Duras’s last works, is a meditation on the process of writing and on her need for solitude in order to do it. In the five short pieces collected in this volume, she explores experiences that had an emotional impact on her and that inspired her to write. These vary from the death of a pilot in World War II, to the death of a fly, to an art exhibition. Two of the pieces were made into documentary films, and one was originally a short film. Both autobiographical and fictional, like much of her work, Writing displays Duras’s unique worldview and sensitive insight in her simple and poetic prose.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; Reprint edition (August 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816677530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816677535
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great perspective on the writing life

 on September 13, 2016
By patrick charsky
Great anecdotes. Very opinionated. Excellent view into a great writer’s process. Her descriptions were lucid and made me feel I was in her place of solitude.

Intrusive and meaningless questions.

 on February 12, 2016
By SubBear
I refuse to fill out “is there violence” or “sexual content” questions. Arrived quickly, as described.

Beautiful Book

3 people found this helpful.
 on November 10, 2011
By Charles Bennett
I enjoyed this, my 4th book I’ve brought by her. I do have a question which I hope someone will help on. In her chapter on Rome, she refers to the Queen of Caesarea and of Samaria. Also a Roman General who conquered her country and took her to Rome. Does anyone know the identity for certain? I can’t seem to nail down firmly to my own satisfaction. I would like to search out a biography on them, if any exists.

literary testament/memoir explaining Duras’s theory of writ

7 people found this helpful.
 on February 26, 1998
this is the last book by Duras, as she passed away on March 4, 1996. Recommended for anyone who appreciates the spledid bareness of her late style. Her theory of writing, why she wrote, and what compells writers…fascinating, and reads like a meditation.

A beautiful book

6 people found this helpful.
 on June 29, 2000
“Writing” combines elements of fictional narrative, literary theory, and conversational Q&A all in Duras’s recognizable voice. It is a wonderful book allowing readers to experience both Duras’s writing process and the finished outcome.

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