Marguerite Duras: L'Amant [The Lover] (2171 words)


L’Amant [The Lover], one of Marguerite Duras’s best-known works, was published in 1984 by Les Éditions de Minuit and received the 1984 Goncourt Prize. Set in 1920s Indochina, the novel was re-written and published in a modified version as L’Amant de la Chine du Nord [The North China Lover] in 1991. Widely recognized as a literary masterpiece written in an experimental style, L’Amant brings into focus the themes of self-quest and desire.

In her book, Marguerite Duras employs many of the narrative devices commonly associated with the Nouveau Roman: repetitive scenes, alternating perspectives offered by first and third person narrative voices, flashbacks, and a self-reflective style.…

Citation: Visoi, Marie-Anne. "L'Amant". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2011 [, accessed 19 August 2022.]

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