By Marguerite Duras
"Duras's language and writing shine like crystals."—The New Yorker
"A extraordinary luck. . . . Duras is on the top of her powers."—Edmund White
Available for the 1st time in English, Abahn Sabana David is a late-career masterpiece from one in all France's maximum writers.
Late one night, David and Sabana—members of a communist group—arrive at a rustic condominium the place they meet Abahn, the guy they've been despatched to protect and at last kill for his perceived transgressions. A fourth guy arrives (also named Abahn), and during the evening those 4 characters talk about existential principles of knowing, capitalism, violence, revolution, and canines, whereas a gun lurks within the historical past the total time.
Suspenseful and thought-provoking, Duras's novel calls to brain the performs of Samuel Beckett within the approach it explores human life and anguish within the complicated modern world.
Marguerite Duras wrote dozens of performs, movie scripts, and novels, together with The Ravishing of Lol Stein, the ocean Wall, and Hiroshima, Mon Amour. She's such a lot famous for the sweetheart, which acquired the Goncourt Prize in 1984 and used to be made right into a movie in 1992. this can be her 3rd e-book to be released by way of Open Letter.
Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, and novelist, and has released a translation of Water's Footfall through Sohrab Sepehri as well as co-translating Duras's L'Amour. He teaches at Oberlin collage and the college of Southern Maine.
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The one who sees? ” Sabana turns toward David, his eyes closed. She gestures. “And to him as well? The deaf and dumb? ” 26 Abahn Sabana David “Them too, yes,” says the Jew. ” An explosion of silent laughter mars Sabana’s face. “We will seek their ears,” says Abahn. “Their eyes,” says the Jew. “To understand them,” says Abahn. “Their conversation,” says the Jew. Silence. She looks at them, first one, then the other, then at David. ” “Perhaps,” says the Jew. “The night is long,” says Abahn. ” She turns in the direction of the road.
She continues to gaze out at the darkened park. The Jew is looking at David. “David said, ‘I repeated what the Jew said in the café,’” says Abahn. “‘Gringo asked me and I repeated it. Gringo said that I had to make the connection and that it wasn’t what the Jew said in the café, but a different thing. ’” Abahn pauses. David waits. He has a look of deep interest on his face. The pack roaming the field of death growl and bark out one after the other. The dogs in the park howl in response. Then, silence falls anew.
Her returning gaze is vacant, empty. ” “Yes,” says the Jew. ” All at once she moves as if disappearing, as if dying. ” “Me,” says the Jew. She rises. She looks at David. “Jeanne is • at the meeting,” she says. ” asks the Jew. She does not answer right away. ” “Jeanne is out in the streets, in the meetings, in the streets,” says the Jew. ” She is not looking at anyone anymore. She looks out at the darkened street. “Jeanne is out tonight,” she says. “Tonight there’s the ice and the desolation,” says Abahn.