New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1986. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"[Y]ou have managed to live that love in the only way possible for you. Losing it before it happened." First US edition of internationally renowned French writer Marguerite Duras’s meditation on the irreconcilable differences between men and women. The evocative and abstract tale, which takes place at a seaside hotel where a man has paid a prostitute to teach him "how to love," was written while Duras was in the throes of alcoholism, echoed by the fluidity of her stream-of-consciousness style. Drinking six to seven liters of wine a day, Duras eventually had to recite the lines of her late nouveau roman to muse and longtime companion Yann Andréa, who readily transcribed. Although the volume would never have come to fruition without the love and care of Andréa, the central theme of the text exemplifies Duras’s long standing belief that "in heterosexual love there’s no solution." Embossed owner stamp to title-page, else fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #3080