Suspended Passion: Interviews


Author: Marguerite Duras
Translated by Chris Turner

9780857423290 | HB | pp. 192 | 2016 | Seagull Books

Suspended Passion is a collection of Interviews with Marguerite Duras which provide new insight into her work, opinions, life and relationships.

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A controversial figure of the postwar French literary and cultural scene, Marguerite Duras has exerted a powerful hold on readers around the world. This volume of interviews–hailed on its French publication as Duras’s ‘secret confession’–offers readers a rich vein of new insight into her work, opinions, life and relationships.

The interviews that make up the book were conducted in 1987, when Italian journalist Leopoldina Pallotta della Torre met the 73-year-old Duras at her Paris flat and convinced her to sit for a series of conversations. The resulting book was published in Italian in 1989, but it somehow failed to attract a French publisher, and it was quickly forgotten. Nearly a quarter of a century later, however, the book was rediscovered, translated into French and has now become a sensation. In its revealing pages, Duras speaks with extraordinary freedom about her life as a writer, her relationship to cinema, her friendship with Mitterand, her love of Chekhov and football, and, perhaps most significantly, her childhood in pre-war Vietnam, the experiences that propelled her most famous novel, The Lover.

A true literary event, Suspended Passion is a remarkable document of an extraordinary literary life.


Marguerite Duras
Translator: Chris Turner







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United States of America

About the Contributors

The author (1914­–96) was a French novelist, screenwriter, scenarist, playwright and film director, internationally renowned for her screenplays of Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and India Song (1975). Her novel The Lover won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 1984.

The translator is also a writer living in Birmingham, UK. He has translated numerous books from French and German, including, for Seagull Books, titles by Jean-Paul Sartre, Roland Barthes, André Gorz, Yves Bonnefoy and Pascal Quignard, among others.


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