Marguerite Duras biography

Marguerite Duras

Novelist, Author

1914 – 1996


Who was Marguerite Duras?

Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras, was a French writer and film director.

Famous Quotes:

  • The thing that's between us is fascination, and the fascination resides in our being alike. Whether you're a man or a woman, the fascination resides in finding out that we're alike.
  • Acting doesn't bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.
  • When a woman drinks it's as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It's a slur on the divine in our nature.
  • Before they're plumbers or writers or taxi drivers or unemployed or journalists, before everything else, men are men. Whether heterosexual or homosexual. The only difference is that some of them remind you of it as soon as you meet them, and others wait for a little while.
  • It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't necessarily prove that you loved him.
  • She represents the un-vowed aspiration of the male human being, his potential infidelity -- and infidelity of a very special kind, which would lead him to the opposite of his wife, to the woman of wax whom he could model at will, make and unmake in any way he wished, even unto death.
  • No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.
  • You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable.
  • The woman is the home. That's where she used to be, and that's where she still is. You might ask me, What if a man tries to be part of the home -- will the woman let him? I answer yes. Because then he becomes one of the children.
  • It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most.


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Apr 4, 1914
Ho Chi Minh City
Also known as
  • Marguerite Donnadieu
  • Ms. Duras
  • Marguerite Germaine Marie Donnadieu
  • France
  • University of Paris
Mar 3, 1996

on July 23, 2013

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