Abahn Sabana David by Marguerite Duras

By Marguerite Duras

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

"A astonishing 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 one among France's maximum writers.

Late one night, David and Sabana—members of a communist group—arrive at a rustic apartment 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 through the evening those 4 characters talk about existential rules of knowing, capitalism, violence, revolution, and canines, whereas a gun lurks within the heritage the whole time.

Suspenseful and thought-provoking, Duras's novel calls to brain the performs of Samuel Beckett within the approach it explores human life and discomfort 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 recognized for the sweetheart, which acquired the Goncourt Prize in 1984 and was once made right into a movie in 1992. this can be her 3rd e-book to be released via 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 collage and the collage of Southern Maine.

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Her hand, still raised, touches his frozen face. ” They are silent, entirely still. ” He does not answer. And then: “I want to live. ” Sabana’s hand falls. She moves away. They are separate. And the silence. The dogs howl. ” “Yes. ” He walks away from her. He takes a step. She waits. He takes two steps. He walks. Instead of passing into the other room, he walks toward David. He turns on a lamp. He looks at David in the light. Sabana moves. She takes a step, two steps, like him, she comes to look at David.

The dogs fall silent. They wait. The eyes of David flutter halfopen, then suddenly close again. His breath evens out. ” Sabana gestures at David without looking at him. ” “No,” says the Jew. They stand apart from one another. Each one alone. Each one looking at David, who is sleeping in the light. “When they sleep,” says Abahn. Sabana looks away from David. She turns back to the darkened park. ” asks Abahn. “Yes, young,” says the Jew. “When he isn’t sleeping, he is a killer-ape,” says Abahn. “A stonemason,” says the Jew.

First quietly, and then louder and louder, he calls to David. David sleeps. His lips are gently parted. His face captured in the lamp light turned on by the Jew. ” He sleeps. ” The Jews stops, waits. He sleeps still. The Jews begins pacing once more. Sabana is silent. “David. ” Again he stops, the Jew. He stands still. Sabana struggles to discern him in the half-lit room. She hesitates, waiting. He paces away and then back. Sabana’s eyes are two gray slashes devoid of light. He paces. He calls out.

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