Q&A : Memoir of war
On Tuesday 26 March at Palace Balwyn, 6:15pm
Memoir of War
Screening, followed by Q&A with Professor Véronique Duché from The University of Melbourne
“Adapting Marguerite Duras’s inner world”
One of the 20th century's most revolutionary writers, Marguerite Duras published in 1985 her semi-autobiographical Second World war memoir,
including the chapter “La Douleur” (Pain), where she narrates her agonised wait as a young French Resistance member for her husband to
return from Nazi capture. In this Q&A we will discuss how Emmanuel Finkiel’s powerful film adaptation challenges both Holocaust writing
and Duras’s poetic literary tone.
Véronique Duché is A.R. Chisholm Professor of French at The University of Melbourne, specialising in French Literature.
Published in 1985 and translated into fifteen languages, Marguerite Duras’ La Douleur (pain) is considered one of the great
literary works of the 20th century – a searing recollection of her experiences in Paris during the Second World War. Adapting such a work
for the screen is an ambitious undertaking, and one that has garnered its fair share of controversy under the directorial gaze of Emmanuel
It is 1944. Marguerite Duras (Mélanie Thierry, The Dancer, AF FFF2017) remembers her past as a Resistance member in Nazi-occupied
France with her husband, Robert Antelme, and the unbearable pain of waiting after the Gestapo deports him. She throws herself into a
desperate struggle to secure his return.
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