Summer Rain

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An unemployed immigrant and seven children live in a condemned house in a suburb of Vitry. They survive on government grants and charitable handouts. The children are not sent to school, but instead wander through the town. Then one summer the eldest, Ernesto, is given a book.

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Marguerite Duras is one of Europe's few unquestionably great literary figures. In 'Summer Rain' she intertwines the everyday and the inexplicable to characteristically disquieting effect.

An unemployed immigrant couple and their seven children live in a dilapidated house in the featureless commuter suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine. They exist on the margins of society, surviving on government grants and charitable handouts. The children are not sent to school, but spend their days wandering aimlessly through Vitry. Then one day Ernesto, the oldest child, comes across a book. Ernesto doesn't know how to read. He doesn't know how old he is (except that he's somewhere between twelve and twenty). All he knows is his own name. Yet, somehow, he 'understands' the book.

Unsettling, intriguing, haunting, 'Summer Rain' is the work of a major writer at the height of her powers.

'She cannot write a dull sentence'
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'One of our most powerful and disturbing contemporary writers'
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About the Author:

Marguerite Duras was one of Europe’s most distinguished writers. The author of many novels and screenplays, she is perhaps best known outside France for her filmscript Hiroshima Mon Amour and her Prix Goncourt-winning novel THE LOVER, also filmed. Her other books include LA DOLEUR, BLUE EYES BLACK HAIR, SUMMER RAIN and THE NORTH CHINA LOVER. Born in Indochina in 1914, Marguerite Duras died in 1996.

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