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Abahn Sabana David by Marguerite Duras

By Marguerite Duras

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

"A remarkable good fortune. . . . Duras is on the peak of her powers."—Edmund White

Available for the 1st time in English, Abahn Sabana David is a late-career masterpiece from considered one of 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 finally kill for his perceived transgressions. A fourth guy arrives (also named Abahn), and during the evening those 4 characters talk about existential principles of realizing, capitalism, violence, revolution, and canines, whereas a gun lurks within the heritage the total time.

Suspenseful and thought-provoking, Duras's novel calls to brain the performs of Samuel Beckett within the means 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 bought 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 collage and the collage of Southern Maine.

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Pursuing a formulation of English, rather than British, national culture leads to the assertion that ‘Englishness’ is so completely imbricated in the enterprise of imperialism – historically, politically, rhetorically – as to be inseparable from it. Simply put, Englishness equals empire; that is, the version of Englishness at stake in the twentieth century, the Englishness then seen as having been dealt blows perhaps too heavy to sustain, is imperial Englishness. This ‘identity’ is a performative construct, a set of discursive effects mobilized and reiterated through the practices of national culture.

Simply put, Englishness equals empire; that is, the version of Englishness at stake in the twentieth century, the Englishness then seen as having been dealt blows perhaps too heavy to sustain, is imperial Englishness. This ‘identity’ is a performative construct, a set of discursive effects mobilized and reiterated through the practices of national culture. ’ The collective introjection of this lost object, and subsequent identification with it (that is, feeling ‘at home’ in Englishness), was rehearsed and maintained through the cultural practice of empire.

Is one of these identities more ‘natural’ or ‘real’ than the others? Does collective identification (with a national ideal, for instance) bear any resemblance to the early, parental identifications that shape gender identity? And what happens to a person’s group identity when he or she is a member of overlapping, or even competing, groups? ’ Much research has been dedicated to teasing apart the social roles of each of these component identities in the grand scheme of British life. A collection of essays like National Identities: The Constitution of the United Kingdom (Crick 1991), for instance, gathers critical perspectives from each of the individual nationalities in order to achieve a set of distinctions between the ‘English,’ ‘British,’ and ‘United Kingdom’ cultures (in addition to those component cultures already more distinct due to language, like Welsh and Irish).

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