The Sailor From Gibraltar


To say I adore the absolutely acclaimed, possibly mad, and totally unique Marguerite Duras is an understatement. Her prose reads like no one else, likely because she was like no one else. The Sailor from Gibraltar, one of her earlier works, follows a disillusioned man employed by the French Colonial Ministry — where Duras herself worked for some time — as he vacations with his vapid mistress in Florence. And as he edges nearer and nearer to an emotional breakdown, he searches ceaselessly for something, or someone, to cast meaning over his existence. -Evelyn Maguire