Marguerite Duras Essay - Marguerite Duras World Literature Analysis

Marguerite Duras World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Duras’s artistic output includes novels, screenplays, and stage plays. Her third published novel, Un Barrage contre le Pacifique (1950; The Sea Wall, 1952, also A Sea of Troubles, 1953), provides evidence of her habit of using a central scene, variations on which are repeated throughout the work. The Sea Wall tells the story of a widowed mother who buys a piece of land that is regularly flooded by the Pacific Ocean. The image of the deluge dominates the novel and the lives of the widow and her two children.

A short story, “Le Boa” (1954; “The Boa,” 1984), also centers on vividly described scenes, in this instance juxtaposing one of a boa constrictor at the zoo devouring a...

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