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With storytelling that evokes in equal parts beauty and brutality, Duras depicts the scalding effect of seduction and disrepute on the soul of a young French girl. Duras's great gift was her ability to bring to vivid and passionate life characters with whom society may not have sympathized, but with whom readers certainly do. Through its striking prose and strong feminist themes, The Impudent Ones will delight established Duras fans and new audiences alike.
“With affairs, suicide, rivalry, gossip, desolation, betrayal, and dysfunction, rendered with touches of Flaubert, the Brontës, and Woolf, and illuminated via invaluable essays by translator Haskett and Duras’ biographer, Jean Vallier, this flawed yet intriguing novel is revealed to be the proving ground on which Duras taught herself how to cast her provocative spell.” —Booklist
“In this well-cadenced translation by Kelsey L. Haskett, we are given a remarkable first novel that documents ‘the days’ unchanging flow,’ their constraints, conflicts, ‘chasms of light,’ their ferocity and consolations." —4Columns
“Two enlightening afterwords enhance this volume—the first by translator Haskett and the second by Duras’s biographer Jean Vallier. . . . The English language version of The Impudent Ones is significant. . . . The book offers a roadmap for what was to come.”
—Martha Anne Toll, NPR Books