A stroll through Duras: Travel article for FRANCE Magazine


When asked where her writing career started, Marguerite Duras, née Donnadieu, once spoke of the “huge, empty lands” where “people lived from fruit wine, prunes, tobacco and artichokes.” She was referring to the area around Duras in Lot-et-Garonne. Marguerite’s father had purchased a beautiful manor house in Pardaillan in 1921, just ten minutes east of the village that inspired her pen name. Her first novel,
Les Impudents (1943), draws heavily on her time there. Though today only ruins of the house remain, it’s easy to see why Duras and its surroundings caused such a big impression on the renowned author.


Read the full article, published in the December 2021 issue of FRANCE Magazine here: Duras (2) (1)