This is well-translated and provides insight into the lives of the French in 1944, as the Nazi Occupation is being forced out & the Allies are advancing through the country. An interesting perspective not often seen by Americans.
harrowing tale of one woman who survived the occupation of france
and nursed her husband upon his return from belson, a concentration
I thought this was a very interesting insight into the life of a writer I respect.
Duras, one of the most important literary figures of France, is best known in the United States for her novel "The Lover" and her film script for "Hiroshima, Mon Amour."
In this book, she write of her experiences with the French Resistance during World War II. One of the best parts of the book describes the agony she underwent waiting to hear if her husband survived the Nazi concentration camps.
In the last days of the war, as Europe was liberated and Germany was overpowered, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people wondered if their loved ones had survived. This is probably the best narration of that experience I've ever read. For the first time I understood how people woke up from a dark dream and struggled to come to grips with what had happened to them, and wondering even more how life could continue.