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Abahn Sabana David (Translation) (Paperback) (Marguerite Duras)

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"Duras's language and writing shine like crystals."The New Yorker

"A spectacular success. . . . Duras is at the height of her powers."Edmund White

Available for the first time in English, Abahn Sabana David is a late-career masterpiece from one of France's greatest writers.

Late one evening, David and Sabanamembers of a communist grouparrive at a country house where they meet Abahn, the man they've been sent to guard and eventually kill for his perceived transgressions. A fourth man arrives (also named Abahn), and throughout the night these four characters discuss existential ideas of understanding, capitalism, violence, revolution, and dogs, while a gun lurks in the background the entire time.

Suspenseful and thought-provoking, Duras's novel calls to mind the plays of Samuel Beckett in the way it explores human existence and suffering in the confusing contemporary world.

Marguerite Duras wrote dozens of plays, film scripts, and novels, includingThe Ravishing of Lol Stein, The Sea Wall, and Hiroshima, Mon Amour. She's most well-known forThe Lover, which received the Goncourt prize in 1984 and was made into a film in 1992. This is her third book to be published by Open Letter.

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, and novelist, and has published a translation ofWater's Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri in addition to co-translating Duras's L'Amour. He teaches at Oberlin College and the University of Southern Maine.

Edition: Translation
Number of Pages: 108
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Author: Marguerite Duras
Language: English
Street Date: June 14, 2016
TCIN: 50950071
UPC: 9781940953366
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-9006
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