Download PDF by Marguerite Duras: Abahn Sabana David

By Marguerite Duras

ISBN-10: 1940953405

ISBN-13: 9781940953403

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

"A magnificent good fortune. . . . 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 residence the place they meet Abahn, the fellow they've been despatched to protect and at last kill for his perceived transgressions. A fourth guy arrives (also named Abahn), and in the course of the evening those 4 characters talk about existential rules of knowing, capitalism, violence, revolution, and canine, whereas a gun lurks within the heritage the complete time.

Suspenseful and thought-provoking, Duras's novel calls to brain the performs of Samuel Beckett within the method it explores human life and ache 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 so much famous for the sweetheart, which got the Goncourt Prize in 1984 and used to be made right into a movie in 1992. this is often 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 by means of Sohrab Sepehri as well as co-translating Duras's L'Amour. He teaches at Oberlin university and the collage of Southern Maine.

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The setting sun reflects in Sabana’s eyes, blue, dark. ” “Yes,” she says. “I’m there with them now. They have a spare room. They took me in. I make the meals. Jeanne arranged it with the government. I work in the morning. For the moment I am there with them. ” They fall silent for a long moment. ” asks Abahn. “No,” says Sabana. ” 29 Marguerite Duras David has a tender expression on his face, at once attentive and joyful. “When he isn’t speaking, he’s dreaming that he’s speaking,” says Abahn. “He’s in the process of speaking,” says the Jew.

The blue eyes darken. “I’m a racist,” says Abahn. They do not take their eyes from one another. ” “Yes, that’s me as well. ” She looks from one to the other. ” “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.

Abahn comes back. They look at her. She raises her eyes to them. Eyes like dark wounds. “Give us the dogs,” she says. • “Give your dogs to David,” says Sabana. ” The Jew comes toward Sabana. She watches him approach. She says to him: “I’ll wake him. I’ll tell him you tried to run away. ” The Jew sits at Sabana’s feet. He leans his head against her knees. He wraps his arms tightly around them. “Your millions of dogs, you should give them to him. ” The Jew doesn’t answer. His arms are locked around Sabana’s body.

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