Marguerite Duras Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Marguerite Duras Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

All of Marguerite Duras’s novels revolve around the central theme of love, a necessary and impossible passion that is most often addressed in a climate of violence and left unsatisfied. Several studies of Duras’s fiction divide the novels into three groups or periods. The first includes the traditional, autobiographical novels, often referred to as an American-inspired type of fiction, emulating the Hemingwayesque novel of adventure. These early works set forth most of the themes that are elaborated in subsequent novels. Les Impudents, La Vie tranquille, and The Sea Wall are concerned with young heroines in search of a lover or husband to fill the emptiness of their existence. Passive, lethargic...

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