Moderato Cantabile


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by Marguerite Duras
translated by Richard Seaver
published by Calder Publications


A distressed young man murders the woman he loves in a cafe, watched by a large crowd. Fascinated by the crime she has witnessed, Anne Desbaresdes returns several times to the scene, forming a relationship with a man who also saw the murder, and drinking through the afternoon with him as he patiently answers her eager questions. Slowly, they find themselves being taken over by forces which threaten their own stability.

Moderato Cantabile is a carefully woven tapestry of emotion, in which the characters' inner lives are reflected by the story's spaces and landscapes.

- paperback: 150 pages
- product dimensions: 128 x 198 mm
- ISBN: 9780714544557