Yann Andrea Steiner: A Memoir

Marguerite Duras, Author, Barbara Bray, Translator
Marguerite Duras, Author, Barbara Bray, Translator Scribner Book Company $16 (0p) ISBN 978-0-684-19590-2
Reviewed on: 10/04/1993
Release date: 10/01/1993
Ebook - 48 pages - 978-1-935744-22-1
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In this lyrical memoir, French novelist Duras sketchily describes her affair with Yann Andrea Steiner, a man 30 years her junior, who helped her overcome alcoholism and depression. To further explore the bounds of unconventional or illicit love, Duras interweaves a semi-mythic tale about Johanna, an 18-year-old camp counselor who loves a six-year-old orphan named Samuel Steiner. Joanna tells Samuel that in 10 years they will reunite at midnight on a beach and make love. Samuel, we learn, is a Holocaust survivor who saw his sister murdered by a German soldier. There is yet another story-within-a-story: Johanna's fanciful allegory of cruelty and compassion involving a boy named David, a shark who wears a baseball cap and a weeping Fountain which dances a Guatemalan polka. The disparate parts of this mannered, self-indulgent exercise do not cohere into a whole. (Oct.)
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