Janet Barron

Love Among the Ruins

Emily L

By Marguerite Duras (Translated by Barbara Bray)

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Marguerite Duras’s bitterly gentle prose has a seductive and impressive immediacy. Her sardonic and incisive style resembles that of Katherine Mansfield, and they share the same quality of atmospheric, fragile miniaturism. ‘It began with the fear,’ Emily L opens, ‘We’d driven to Quillebeuf as we often did that summer. We got there at the usual time, late afternoon …

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