Marguerite Duras

(1914-1996)

Marguerite Duras
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Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras (4 April 1914 – 3 March 1996) was a French writer and film director.

She was born in Gia-Dinh (a former name for Saigon), French Indochina (now Vietnam), after her parents responded to a campaign by the French government encouraging people to work in the colony.

Marguerite's father fell ill soon after their arrival, and returned to France, where he died. After his death, her mother, a teacher, remained in Indochina with her three children. The family lived in relative poverty after her mother made a bad investment in an isolated property and area of farmland in Cambodia. The difficult life that the family experienced ... more »

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  • Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God. It doesn't comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him ...
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author. "Alcohol," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author. "Alcohol," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author. "Alcohol," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''When a woman drinks it's as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It's a slur on the divine in our nature.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author. "Alcohol," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can't help it—can't help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "House and Home," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
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