Priotom is based in what was then Indo-China. This is the compelling description of the teenager daughter of a manic depressive mother making her own way in life and falling in love with a Chinese man in his 40s. The book is not only an erotica but the whispered confidences of a rag doll of a girl who describes the fraught relationship with her family and the colonial crisis that Indo-China was then experiencing.
Marguerite Duras was one of the primary New Age authors of France. Her style is direct, almost autobiographical in writing and film making that makes her a significant world literary figure.
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