New York: New American Library, 1956. 1st Mass Market Paperback Edition. 12mo, publisher's stiff illustrated paper wraps, all edges stained red.
First mass market paperback edition of renowned French writer Marguerite Duras’s 1950 novel, alternatively titled The Sea Wall. Semi-autobiographical and considered a precursor to Duras's bestselling The Lover, The Whispers of Love takes place in the early 1920s and revolves around a poor French family in Indochina. While the novel was Duras’s first success, it was not considered for the Goncourt Prize due to its criticism of French colonialism. It was was adapted into a film on two occasions: as This Angry Age in 1958 by René Clément and in 2008 as The Sea Wall starring Isabelle Huppert. Translated from the original French by Herma Briffault. First published in the US in 1952 under its more common title The Sea Wall. Light foxing and embrowning to text. Some rubbing to edges, small nick to bottom edge of lower wrap. A very good copy of a fragile pulp paperback. Item #8000