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Sound and Rhythm in the Work of Marguerite Duras

Stadtkino Basel

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Even today, the diverse and complex texts and films of Marguerite Duras still exert a great fascination: their sound and rhythm, the dissonances between language and image. In her translations of "L’été" and "L’amant" or "La vie matérielle" (for Suhrkamp Verlag), the author and translator Ilma Rakusa has worked extensively and in great depth with the language of Marguerite Duras. In the Stadtkino Basel, together with Robert Kopp, Romanist and Emeritus Professor for modern French literature, she will lead us to an appreciation of the intensity and music in the literary and filmic work of Marguerite Duras.

MARGUERITE DURAS (* 1914 in the former French colony Gia Dinh, in what is today Vietnam; † 1996 in Paris) completed her baccalaureate in Saigon in 1931. One year later the family moved to Paris, where she continued her studies. From 1940 onwards she was active, together with her husband Robert Antelme, in the French Resistance. Her debut novel "Les Impudents" (The Impudent Ones) appeared in 1943. Her breakthrough came with "Un Barrage contre le Pacifique" (The Sea Wall, 1950). Duras was also a playwright, screenwriter and film director.

A cooperation with the Stadtkino Basel

Contributors and biographies
Discussion: Ilma Rakusa
Discussion: Robert Kopp

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