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Words/Images/Crossings: La mer écrite of Marguerite Duras

Words/Images/Crossings: La mer écrite of Marguerite Duras mechthil D c ran Ston Words/Images/Crossings La mer écrite of Marguerite Duras Que pou o rr n m ait-ontrer autre que ce qu’on voit? Ce qui est simplement vrai et qui échappe à l’homme. Marguerite Duras, La mer écrite 38 L’Image absolue, her critics recall, was the r fi st title Marguerite Duras projected for L’Amant, the work for which she won the Prix Goncourt in 1984. Originally con- ceived as commentary to accompany an album of family portraits, the book ap- peared, in the end, without the pictures. L’Amant does, however, make textual refer- ence to several photographs, including one of the child Marguerite and her mother: “J’ai quatre ans. Ma mère est au centre de l’image” (21) [I am four. My mother is at the center of the image]. e Th child’s age is signic fi ant, because when she was four years old, Marguerite Donnadieu’s father died. She sees his death in her mother’s face of living despair: “Était- ce la mort de mon père déjà présente, ou celle du jour?” (22) [was it my father’s death that was already present, or the day’s?].1 While this photograph of the child at four has special signic fi http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Words/Images/Crossings: La mer écrite of Marguerite Duras

The Comparatist , Volume 35 – Jun 15, 2011

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mechthil D c ran Ston Words/Images/Crossings La mer écrite of Marguerite Duras Que pou o rr n m ait-ontrer autre que ce qu’on voit? Ce qui est simplement vrai et qui échappe à l’homme. Marguerite Duras, La mer écrite 38 L’Image absolue, her critics recall, was the r fi st title Marguerite Duras projected for L’Amant, the work for which she won the Prix Goncourt in 1984. Originally con- ceived as commentary to accompany an album of family portraits, the book ap- peared, in the end, without the pictures. L’Amant does, however, make textual refer- ence to several photographs, including one of the child Marguerite and her mother: “J’ai quatre ans. Ma mère est au centre de l’image” (21) [I am four. My mother is at the center of the image]. e Th child’s age is signic fi ant, because when she was four years old, Marguerite Donnadieu’s father died. She sees his death in her mother’s face of living despair: “Était- ce la mort de mon père déjà présente, ou celle du jour?” (22) [was it my father’s death that was already present, or the day’s?].1 While this photograph of the child at four has special signic fi

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