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.