Books: Broody Lady

L'AMANTE ANGLAISE by Marguerite Duras, translated by Barbara Bray. 122 pages. Grove Press. $3.95.

Marguerite Duras is generally considered one of the leading ladies in the new school of French experimental novelists. Some would say the leading lady —although it is hard to see why.

L'Amante Anglaise concerns a particularly squalid and brutal murder in a small provincial town: Claire Lannes kills her middleaged, deaf-mute cousin for no apparent reason, hacks up the body in a cellar and dumps the pieces from a railway bridge onto various passing trains. If there is one thing...

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