Literary Birthday – 4 April – Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras was born 4 April 1914, and died 3 March 1996.

Seven Quotes

  1. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.
  2. Acting doesn’t bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.
  3. Writing is trying to know beforehand what one would write if one wrote, which one never knows until afterward.
  4. Men like women who write. Even though they don’t say so. A writer is a foreign country.
  5. A journalist is someone who looks at the world and the way it works, someone who takes a close look at things every day and reports what she sees, someone who represents the world, the event, for others. She cannot do her work without judging what she sees.
  6. When the past is recaptured by the imagination, breath is put back into life.
  7. The thing that’s between us is fascination, and the fascination resides in our being alike. Whether you’re a man or a woman, the fascination resides in finding out that we’re alike.

Marguerite Duras was a French writer and film director. She is the author of The Lover, an international best-seller with more than one million copies in print and a winner of France’s Prix Goncourt. The book has been acclaimed by critics all over the world since its first publication in 1984.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 4th April 2014