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Marguerite Duras (1914 - 1996)

Marguerite Donnadieu was born in Gia Dinh from French parents, moving for years, from Indochina to Cambodia with her mother and two brothers. An existence that will later strongly fuel her work: ‘I sometimes believe that my whole writing was born there, between the rice fields, the forests, solitude.’ In 1933, she settles in Paris to study and, marries the poet, Robert Antelme, in 1939 who will be deported in 1944 to Dachau for eleven months. Following the war, she writes Un Barrage contre le Pacifique, in 1950, beginning her feverish literary career, willing to make the silence of her existence speak, and she rapidly earns a strong popularity alongside many detractors. In the late 1960s and 1970s, she finds in minimalist films another medium to express her creativity. During the 1980s, she publishes the best-seller, L’Amant, that describes her awakening to sexuality as a teenager with an elder man. Alongside the success of her novel, the media also concentrates on her provocative, narcissistic and scandalous lifestyle and shameless declarations: from her addiction to alcohol, her story with a young homosexual or her terrible words about Robert Antelme’s poignant recounting of his deportation. Why did Marguerite Duras humiliate and hurt her entourage? Maybe was it because of her lifetime sorrow that that had begun with her traumatic childhood in Indochina and an evident lack of love.

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Marguerite Duras, 1950s
Marguerite Duras, 1950s
Marguerite Duras by Robert Doisneau, 1955
Marguerite Duras by Robert Doisneau, 1955
Marguerite Duras by Jean-Mascolo, 1930
Marguerite Duras by Jean-Mascolo, 1930
Marguerite Duras by Richard Avedon, 1983
Marguerite Duras by Richard Avedon, 1983
Alain Robbe-Grillet with Marguerite Duras by Willy Rizzo, Paris,1966
Alain Robbe-Grillet with Marguerite Duras by Willy Rizzo, Paris,1966
Marguerite Duras by Gisèle Freund, Paris, 1965
Marguerite Duras by Gisèle Freund, Paris, 1965
Marguerite Duras on the set of Nathalie Granger by Jean Mascolo, 1972
Marguerite Duras on the set of Nathalie Granger by Jean Mascolo, 1972
Marguerite Duras, 1979
Marguerite Duras, 1979
Marguerite Duras, 1970s
Marguerite Duras, 1970s
Marguerite Duras, 1930s
Marguerite Duras, 1930s
Marguerite Duras by Oriol Maspons, La Havane, 1967
Marguerite Duras by Oriol Maspons, La Havane, 1967
Marguerite Duras by Gisèle Freund, Paris, 1965
Marguerite Duras by Gisèle Freund, Paris, 1965
Marguerite Duras, 1970s
Marguerite Duras, 1970s
Marguerite Duras at home by Boris Lipnitzki, 1955
Marguerite Duras at home by Boris Lipnitzki, 1955
Marguerite Duras by Michel Lioret, 1969
Marguerite Duras by Michel Lioret, 1969
Marguerite Duras, Gerard Depardieu and B	arbara, 1986
Marguerite Duras, Gerard Depardieu and B arbara, 1986
Marguerite Duras, first the front row left, 1933
Marguerite Duras, first the front row left, 1933
Marguerite Duras, Michael Lonsdale and Catherine Sellers on the set of Détruire, dit-elle, 1969. © Jean Mascolo
Marguerite Duras, Michael Lonsdale and Catherine Sellers on the set of Détruire, dit-elle, 1969. © Jean Mascolo
Marguerite Duras, 1930s
Marguerite Duras, 1930s
Marguerite Duras with her mother, 1920s
Marguerite Duras with her mother, 1920s
Marguerite Duras on the set of Agatha et les lectures illimitées, 1981
Marguerite Duras on the set of Agatha et les lectures illimitées, 1981
Marguerite Duras by Roger Parry, 1950
Marguerite Duras by Roger Parry, 1950
Marguerite Duras on the set of Agatha et les lectures illimitées, 1981
Marguerite Duras on the set of Agatha et les lectures illimitées, 1981
Marguerite Duras, 1929
Marguerite Duras, 1929
Marguerite Duras with Delphine Seyrig on the set of Baxter, Vera Baxter, 1977
Marguerite Duras with Delphine Seyrig on the set of Baxter, Vera Baxter, 1977
Marguerite Duras with Jean-Luc Godard, 1980s
Marguerite Duras with Jean-Luc Godard, 1980s
Marguerite Duras by Serge Hambourg, 1968
Marguerite Duras by Serge Hambourg, 1968
Marguerite Duras by Bruno Barbey, 1965
Marguerite Duras by Bruno Barbey, 1965
Marguerite Duras, 1965
Marguerite Duras, 1965
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite  Duras and Benoit Jacquot, 1980s
Marguerite Duras and Benoit Jacquot, 1980s
Marguerite Duras on the set of Agatha et les lectures illimitées, 1981
Marguerite Duras on the set of Agatha et les lectures illimitées, 1981
Marguerite Duras on the set of Jaune le Soleil, 1971. photo by Jean Mascolo
Marguerite Duras on the set of Jaune le Soleil, 1971. photo by Jean Mascolo
Marguerite Duras, Cannes, 1977
Marguerite Duras, Cannes, 1977
 Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Bruno Barbey, 1965
Marguerite Duras by Bruno Barbey, 1965
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Delphine Seyrig and Marguerite Duras on the set of India Song, 1975. photo by Jean Mascolo
Delphine Seyrig and Marguerite Duras on the set of India Song, 1975. photo by Jean Mascolo
Marguerite Duras and Gerard Depardieu on the set of Le Camion, 1977
Marguerite Duras and Gerard Depardieu on the set of Le Camion, 1977
Marguerite Duras by Vladimir Sichov, 1982
Marguerite Duras by Vladimir Sichov, 1982
Marguerite Duras and Eric Vignier by Alain Fonteray, 1993
Marguerite Duras and Eric Vignier by Alain Fonteray, 1993
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras and Gerard Depardieu in Le Camion, 1977. photo by Jean Mascolo
Marguerite Duras and Gerard Depardieu in Le Camion, 1977. photo by Jean Mascolo
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Michel Lioret, 1969
Marguerite Duras by Michel Lioret, 1969
Marguerite Duras, 1960s
Marguerite Duras, 1960s
Marguerite Duras at home by Boris Lipnitzki, 1955
Marguerite Duras at home by Boris Lipnitzki, 1955
Marguerite Duras with Jeanne Moreau on the set of Nathalie Granger by Jean Mascolo, 1972
Marguerite Duras with Jeanne Moreau on the set of Nathalie Granger by Jean Mascolo, 1972
Robert Anthelme, Marguerite Duras and Dionys Mascolo, 1942-1949
Robert Anthelme, Marguerite Duras and Dionys Mascolo, 1942-1949
Yann Andréa with Marguerite Duras, 1981
Yann Andréa with Marguerite Duras, 1981
Marguerite Duras and Gerard Depardieu in Le Camion, 1977. photo by Jean Mascolo
Marguerite Duras and Gerard Depardieu in Le Camion, 1977. photo by Jean Mascolo
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras, 1960s
Marguerite Duras, 1960s
Yann Andréa and Marguerite Duras, 1980s
Yann Andréa and Marguerite Duras, 1980s
Marguerite Duras at home by Boris Lipnitzki, 1955
Marguerite Duras at home by Boris Lipnitzki, 1955
Marguerite Duras, 1930s
Marguerite Duras, 1930s
Marguerite Duras with Sami Frey on the set of Jaune le Soleil, 1971. photo by Jean Mascolo
Marguerite Duras with Sami Frey on the set of Jaune le Soleil, 1971. photo by Jean Mascolo
Marguerite Duras with Jeanne Moreau on the set of Nathalie Granger, 1972
Marguerite Duras with Jeanne Moreau on the set of Nathalie Granger, 1972
Delphine Seyrig and Marguerite Duras on the set of India Song, 1975
Delphine Seyrig and Marguerite Duras on the set of India Song, 1975
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Jean Mascolo, 1970s
Marguerite Duras by Jean Mascolo, 1970s
Marguerite Duras et Yann Andréa by Dominique Issermann, Les Roches Noires, 1993
Marguerite Duras et Yann Andréa by Dominique Issermann, Les Roches Noires, 1993
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
Marguerite Duras by Hélène Bamberger, Trouville, 1980
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