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Marguerite Duras
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    (April 4, 1914-March 3, 1996)
    Born in Gia-Dinh, French Indochina (Vietnam)
    Birth name is Marguerite Donnadieu
    Best known for autobiographical novel ‘The Lover’ (1984)
    Wrote screenplay for ‘Hiroshima, Mon Amour’ (1959)
    Directed ‘India Song’ (1975)
    As a teen, she had an affair with a wealthy Chinese businessman, possibly for money.
    When she turned leftwing, she downplayed her earlier support of French colonialism.
    She worked as a censor for the occupying Nazis in France (but later joined the French Resistance).
    She falsely claimed to have tortured a French collaborator.
    A lifelong alcoholic, she spent much of her final years plastered.
    In old age she fell in love with a gay man 38 years her junior.
    Her father died when she was four.
    Her mother’s attempts to run a rice plantation impoverished the family.
    Her mother and older brother physically abused her.
    She helped pioneer the nouveau roman, a genre that stressed details over plot.
    She claimed to have rescued fellow Resistance fighter (and future French president) Francois Mitterand.
    She suffered from hallucinations in her later years.

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