By Marguerite Duras
"Duras's language and writing shine like crystals."—The New Yorker
"A miraculous 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 rules of knowing, capitalism, violence, revolution, and canine, 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 method it explores human lifestyles 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 so much famous for the sweetheart, which acquired the Goncourt Prize in 1984 and used to be made right into a movie in 1992. this is often her 3rd ebook 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 university and the collage of Southern Maine.
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Sabana goes with him. They watch David. ” the Jew says to David. The hands of David flutter lightly. “A thousand years,” repeats David. He sleeps. 37 Marguerite Duras His hands fall back to his body. The effort of articulating the words makes them tremble. He is sleeping. He sleeps. His hands, his wounded hands, rest again on the arms of the chair. The eyes of the Jew are focused on the sleeping hands. ” the Jew continues. It seems that David will speak. No. ” continues the Jew. A light tremor passes through David’s body.
David has cried out. Having cried out, David thrashes in sleep, he lifts his head, his eyes open, he sees nothing, his head falls back, he speaks: “Leave me alone,” he begs. ” Silence. Abahn rises. He turns to face the dark road, his back turned to them. ” 38 Abahn Sabana David The Jew • walks away from Sabana and David. He once more resumes his pacing through the house. The wide stride of the Jew appears and disappears from the gaze of Sabana and Abahn. Eyes closed, the Jew walks and talks to David.
David’s eyes fall from Abahn, search the shadows. ” he cries out in his sleep. Sabana does not answer. ” He falls silent. ” David asks in his sleep. Abahn does not answer him. ” David cries out. “He said, ‘I didn’t understand what the Jew meant,’” continues Abahn. David does not cry out anymore. He has been conquered. Slumber won, his head sags to the side. ’” Abahn tries to reach David faster than sleep. ’” “Sabana,” murmurs David. ” 44 Abahn Sabana David He struggles against sleep. His eyelids flutter.