Marguerite Duras

Destroy, She Said

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In this classic novel by the best-selling author of The Lover, erotic intrigue masks a chillingly deceptive form of madness. Elisabeth Alione is convalescing in a hotel in rural France when she meets two men and another woman. The sophisticated dalliance among the four serves to obscure an underlying violence, which, when the curtain of civilization is drawn aside, reveals in her fellow guests a very contemporary, perhaps even new, form of insanity.Like many of Duras's novels, Destroy, She Said owes much to cinema, displaying a skillful interplay of dialogue and description. There are recurring moods and motifs from the Duras repertoire: eroticism, lassitude, stifled desire, a beautiful woman, a mysterious forest, a desolate provincial hotel.Included in this volume is an in-depth interview with Duras by Jacques Rivette and Jean Narboni.
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104 printed pages
Original publication



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    She belongs to whoever wants her. She feels whatever they feel.
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    “She could have loved you . . . you too,” she says. “If she'd been capable of loving.”
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    “When boredom takes a certain form . . .” Stein says. Then stops.

    “Yes?” says Bernard Alione. “You were going to say something interesting. What . . . what form were you thinking of?”

    “When it's become part of a timetable, say, you don't notice it,” says Stein. “And if you don't notice it, don't give it a name, it can take some curious turns.”

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