Destroying the novel, meaning, and the subject in a blank, fragmented, and exhausted narrative, Duras
believed, held a potential for opening something entirely new.
Marc Fumaroli dans sa preface et Marie-Benedicte Diethelm dans son introduction evoquent l'un et l'autre l'admiration qu'a suscitee chez ses contemporains l'oeuvre de Mme de Duras
: Alexandre von Humbolt a rapporte a Mme de Duras
l'hommage du roi de Prusse et de Goethe; Barante, Emile Deschamps, et Sainte-Beuve ont publie dans la presse des comptes-rendus elogieux; elle a inspire Astolphe de Custine et Balzac; Henri de Latouche et Stendhal n'ont pas hesite a la copier.
Although she too often ends up following Fumaroli in viewing Duras
in relation to Balzac, Stendhal, and Chateaubriand, she also provides original analyses of the conditions of the works' publication, readership, and reception.
Najet Limam-Tnani examines the specular and heuristic nature, for both author and reader, of Journal d'un voleur de Jean Genet and L'Amant; Selila Mejri shows how Duras
introduces the epic into the dramatic in Savannah Bay, and Samia Kassab-Charfi convincingly demonstrates how some characteristics of Duras
's style embody the sense of loss and disorientation experienced by the beggar woman in Le Vice-consul.
They knew that after ideological differences separated her from the PCF, Duras
remained convinced by Marxist thought and active in Left politics.
As Bernard Alazet states in his preface, this collection of essays aims both to trace the process of 'reecriture' in Duras
and to reassess the critical discourses that have informed Duras
criticism over the last thirty years.
For those who began reading Duras
only with The Lover, or have read a few random novels, Schuster's book is invaluable for tracing the intricate continuity of all the fiction.
Julia Waters's study of Marguerite Duras
and Alain Robbe-Grillet offers a unique insight into the work of these two writers, highlighting the rivalry between them and comparing their literary careers at points of intersection.