Abahn Sabana David by Marguerite Duras

By Marguerite Duras

"Duras's language and writing shine like crystals."—The New Yorker

"A wonderful luck. . . . Duras is on the top of her powers."—Edmund White

Available for the 1st time in English, Abahn Sabana David is a late-career masterpiece from one in every of France's maximum writers.

Late one night, David and Sabana—members of a communist group—arrive at a rustic apartment the place they meet Abahn, the fellow they've been despatched to protect and finally kill for his perceived transgressions. A fourth guy arrives (also named Abahn), and during the evening those 4 characters speak about existential rules of knowing, capitalism, violence, revolution, and canines, whereas a gun lurks within the history the full time.

Suspenseful and thought-provoking, Duras's novel calls to brain the performs of Samuel Beckett within the approach it explores human life and discomfort within the complicated modern world.

Marguerite Duras wrote dozens of performs, movie scripts, and novels, together with The Ravishing of Lol Stein, the ocean Wall, and Hiroshima, Mon Amour. She's such a lot recognized for the sweetheart, which got the Goncourt Prize in 1984 and was once made right into a movie in 1992. this can be her 3rd publication to be released by means of Open Letter.

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, and novelist, and has released a translation of Water's Footfall through Sohrab Sepehri as well as co-translating Duras's L'Amour. He teaches at Oberlin collage and the collage of Southern Maine.

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He falls silent. ” David asks in his sleep. Abahn does not answer him. ” David cries out. “He said, ‘I didn’t understand what the Jew meant,’” continues Abahn. David does not cry out anymore. He has been conquered. Slumber won, his head sags to the side. ’” Abahn tries to reach David faster than sleep. ’” “Sabana,” murmurs David. ” 44 Abahn Sabana David He struggles against sleep. His eyelids flutter. “‘And Sabana told me: Don’t worry. David, you will have the dogs of the Jew. ” Sabana still looks out at the darkened park.

Spreads to the chink in the wall of slumber, a dull stone, a clamor, brief and strange. David has cried out. Having cried out, David thrashes in sleep, he lifts his head, his eyes open, he sees nothing, his head falls back, he speaks: “Leave me alone,” he begs. ” Silence. Abahn rises. He turns to face the dark road, his back turned to them. ” 38 Abahn Sabana David The Jew • walks away from Sabana and David. He once more resumes his pacing through the house. The wide stride of the Jew appears and disappears from the gaze of Sabana and Abahn.

She listens intently in the direction of the pathway outside. The Jews are not paying attention. 56 Abahn Sabana David “He’s looking at you,” she says. She is listening with her eyes closed. ” She listens again in the direction of the road. The Jews are not paying attention. “He was alone. ” Silence anew. “Maybe it was someone else,” says Abahn. ” “In Staadt,” Sabana says, “we recognize every sound. Even Gringo walking past. ” asks Abahn. The Jew takes some time to respond. ” They are silent, the three of them, standing apart from one another, unmoving.

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