is a carefully woven tapestry of emotion that begins with a jealous lover murdering the woman he loves. Fascinated by the crime, Anne returns several times to the bistro where it took place, drinking through the afternoon with the worker who patiently answers her eager questions, inventing what he does not know. A haunting, oblique love story, which perfectly demonstrates Duras's technique of associating human emotion with locales and landscapes.
'Duras's sentences lodge themselves slowly in the reader's mind until they detonate with all the force of fused feeling and thought.' The New York Times Book Review
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