Additional Information Abstract This article proposes a contextualization of Marguerite Duras's book, The Malady of Death, along with some of her other writings and statements from around that time. Misfit sexualities, I argue, exist mostly in context, in interaction, in the relations between texts and the interactive processes that produce them.
She came of writing age during the neauveu roman era of French literature. She differs from Robbes-Grillet and others of the time in that her work is less conspicuously intellectual than emotional.
Her books are as much about what is not being said as what is being said, but unlike other writers from the same period, her books are not puzzles to be figured out in the conventional sense, but rather emotional puzzles of sorts, to be figured out — or not — by the reader. Similarly to a poet, Duras is famous for sometimes taking a day to write a line.
Each and every line is its own separate piece of beauty. And thus begins The Malady of Death. Desire, obsession, sex and death form the substance of this work of fiction. An exploration of the alienation that exists between men and women, The Malady of Death traverses the mysterious terrain of love — and its absence.
After a few days in a hotel room by the sea, the woman recognizes in him an affliction if which he becomes increasingly aware — the malady of death, the fact that he is incapable of love. And she, in the room, sleeps on.
As her sleep goes on, sorrow grows in the room. You sleep, once, in the floor at the foot of her bed. She goes on sleeping, evenly. So deeply, she sometimes smiles.
She wakes only if you touch her body, the breasts, the eyes.
Sometimes she wakes for no reason, except to ask if the noise is the wind or the high tide. She looks at you. She shakes her head. You ask her why she accepted the deal and the paid nights.
She answers in a voice still drowsy, almost inaudible: Because as soon as you spoke to me I saw you were suffering from the malady of death.
You ask her to say the words again. The Malady of Death.
I was able to read it in less than 30 minutes today. For the type of narrative that moves by beauty, words need to be sparsely peppering the page. Too many words in a narrative this intricately laced weighs it down. As many women are paralysed by the sexual refusal of the seductive male in this day and age of post sexual liberation.
Yet Duras notes in homosexual love things are not quite the same: What a homosexual loves, as if it were his lover, his country, his art, his land, is homosexuality.
The malady of death explores a relationship that is irreconcilable, where the gap is the most interesting thing, not the attempts to close it.
The woman is presented in the third person as she; the male character in the second as you. To beauty, to the risk of having children implicit in that body. If there be a formal search, it is subordinate to confrontation with the silence of horror in oneself and in the world.
Rather than types of human creatures, this is more about the condition of a certain type of man and a certain type of woman, rendering the result inevitable.
Conversely the more he demands, the more she charges.Biography Youth. Duras was born Marguerite Donnadieu on April 4, , in Gia-Dinh (near to Saigon), Cochinchina, French Indochina (now Vietnam); she was the only daughter of two teachers who had responded to a campaign by the French government encouraging French people to settle in the colony..
Duras's father fell ill soon after their arrival and returned to France, where he died. The malady of death tells the story of a man who has already died inside but continues to live on.
He hires a woman for a few days to see if he can learn to feel love and it is she who diagnosis his condition. He cannot love or be loved and this is his tragedy.
I enjoyed this book very much but i would minus one star because of its brevity/5(5). The Malady of death by Marguerite Duras of the influence of war on both Japanese and French culture and the conflict between love and humanity.
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The Malady of death by Marguerite Duras of the influence of war on both Japanese and French culture and the conflict between love and humanity. This book contains the complete script of the film, as well as Miss Duras' original synopsis and notes Duras, Marguerite