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Duras (The Dead)

Duras died in childhood. Poverty, shame. Everything past the

age of fifteen is chronicled, written down. Like Louise Bourgeois

(another lipstick, hosiery ripped lady), whose work derives from

one small window of time (the ten years when her father had an

affair with her nanny), Duras’s entire oeuvre springs from her gaze

back at the wreckage. The wreckage gazes back at her and she

becomes the wreckage.

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