Destroy, She Said (Paperback)

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By Marguerite Duras, Barbara Bray (Translator)
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Madness and melancholy await a small group of "friends" who stalk another at a sleepy, limbo-like resort, their strange desire to bring her into their group, for reasons unknown, leaves you just as manically enticed as bewildered. In sheer Duras fashion, the reader is left to surmise the goings on whilst slowly becoming a part of whatever psyco-fever has plagued the guests. — Alex Bell


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802151544
ISBN-10: 080215154X
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: January 18th, 1994
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Duras