In this volume of four short novels, Duras demonstrates her remarkable ability to create an emotional intensity and unity by focusing on the intimate details of the relationships among only a few cental characters: from the park bench couple in "The Square" (1955) to the double love triangle in "10:30 on a Summer Night" (1960), each novel probes the depths and complexities of human emotion, of love and of despair. Exceptional for their range in mood and situation, these four novels are unparalleled exhibitions of a poetic beauty that is uniquely Duras.
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Novellas really, all 4 only 250 pages. All of these stories are written in a low key, understated, almost as if seen through a bit of fog. I’m reminded of Duras’ novel Emily L, which all takes place in bar where so much is unheard, misheard, partly misinterpreted, perhaps misunderstood and filled in with what is assumed or presumed.
In The Square, a young man and young woman converse in a park. She’s a governess, there with her charge; he’s a traveling salesman. We and they assume she’s timid and homebound and that he’s worldly and daring but little by little we come to realize the opposite.
In Moderatro Cantabile, a woman sits waiting while her spoiled, obstinate son takes piano lessons. One day they hear a commotion in a nearby bar and discover that a murder has been committed -- apparently a man killed his lover. This event opens up a new vista to the woman and she starts going to the bar frequently trying to learn what...
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