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The South London Gallery (in collaboration with the French Institute and Tate Modern) present Neighbours: Marguerite Duras in the World of Images, curated by Pascale Cassagnau:


Marguerite Duras's films are 'films of voices' in which one 'reads the film and sees the book'. Duras shares with contemporary artists this way of looking at cinematic writing as a 'kaleidoscope space'.

This series of screenings explores the links between Duras's work and contemporary film-making.

27 October, 7pm, £5/£3 conc
David Lamelas, Interview with Marguerite Duras, 1970, 5’13’’
Philippe Terrier-Hermann, La Dérive, 2009, 61’ (followed by a discussion with Philippe Terrier-Hermann)

3 November, 7pm, £5/£3 conc Florence Pezon, I Would Prefer Not To, 1998, 12’18’’
Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Granger, 1981, 85’

I should say, of course, that my paymasters at Quercus publish Duras's excellent Wartime Notebooks: "retrieved from the papers she left at her death... Wartime Notebooks consists of four notebooks written between 1943 and 1949 followed by ten previously unpublished short stories and autobiographical texts".

Mary Dixie Carter reviews Marguerite Duras' Wartime Writings (entitled Wartime Notebooks this side of the Pond) in the San Francisco Chronicle. Her review begins:


As an adolescent in French colonial Indochina, Marguerite Duras typically wore a brownish-pink man's fedora, black patent leather pumps and an oversize blue dress with a bright pink bird on the fabric. As she wrote years later in her diary, she dressed in a manner "so absurd it almost defied description." That was how she looked the day she met Léo, the fabulously wealthy Vietnamese man who would be memorialized in her 1984 novel, The Lover. Best known for that novel, which was awarded France's Prix Goncourt, and for her screenplay, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Duras is regarded as one of the most important literary figures of 20th century France.

In Wartime Writings: 1943-1949, a collection of newly discovered diaries and rough drafts (elegantly translated by Linda Coverdale), those familiar with Duras' work will recognize the source material for much of her writing to which she would return throughout her life.

Are duras.ifrance.com and Société Marguerite Duras really the best the web can do for Marguerite Duras pages? Goodness. This is woeful. I needs to sort me out my minisites and knock something decent together for Ms Duras asap!


Robbe-Grillet doesn't fair much better either. John Leo's Robbe-Grillet Homepage and The Modern Word's page are the best he gets. Hmmm. Work to do!