Book summary: The Atlantic Man

1993 BY MARGUERITE DURAS

The origin of this book is as passionating as its content. This text was originally written by Duras for her film, The Atlantic man. A soliloquy delivered by the author and that was later edited and converted into a book, since the existence of the text alone was possible.

A book without anecdotes, only memories, memories needed to cope with the absence, emptiness, that black screen that the absent beloved has become. With simple language, Duras stands in front of the readers and treats them as equals. She invites them to embark and let themselves go with the tides of the Atlantic.

In the text, the reader can feel the searing pain of the one that loves. The wound caused by the absence bleeds interrogations: what to do with the knowledge we have about the being that is gone ?, what to do with all the memories?

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