Duras, Marguerite

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Duras, Marguerite Gender: F
Marguerite Germaine Marie Donnadieu
born on 4 April 1914 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Gia-Dinh, Vietnam, 10n48, 106e42
Timezone SST h7e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 13°16' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 13°55 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 10°00'

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Marguerite Duras
photo: paris, license gfdl


South Vietnamese-French author of over 70 books plus plays and cinema adaptations. She was representative of the 'nouveau woman;' scenarist, playwright, and film director, internationally known for her screenplays of "Hiroshima Mon Amour," directed by Alain Resnais in 1959, and "India Song," (play 1973, screen 1975). Her works were equally loved and hated, with her first noted book released in 1950, "The Sea Wall."

She was never elected into the Goncourt as "we don't give the Goncourt to a communist writer."

Duras' father died when she was four, and her mother, a teacher, struggled hard to bring up three children. She spent most of her childhood in Indochina, and at 17 she moved to France, where she studied law at the Sorbonne. Duras took her penname from the name of a village in France near where her father had owned property.

From 1935 to 1941 Duras worked at the ministry of colonies. She published her first book, "Les Impudents" in 1942, patterned in a style influenced by Hemingway. During World War II she was a member of French resistance; she had also joined the Communist Party, but later condemned its policies. After the war she worked as a journalist for the magazine Observateur.

Duras married Robert Antelme on 23 September 1939. Robert was a member of the resistance group Richelieu, led by François Mitterand. In 1943 she met Mitterand, starting a long friendship and unquestioning love. Robert was captured by the Gestapo, but survived Buchenwald, Gandersheim, and Dachau, and wrote his memoirs, "L'espèce Humaine." He was nursed by Duras, who had already planned to leave him but waited for his recovery, to marry the man who would be the father of her child. She divorced Robert on 24 April 1947, the year she had a son by Dionys Mascolo. This period was the basis for Duras's later collection of short stories, entitled "La Douleur," 1985.

From 1980 she lived with a 40-year younger companion, Yann Andrea Steiner. Duras's struggle with her alcoholism was a subject for Yann Andréa Steiner's book.

It was said that Duras didn't die, she just kept silent, "c'est tout" (that's all), on 3 March 1996 in the morning, in Paris.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • parent->child relationship with Mascolo, Jean (born 30 June 1947)


  • Relationship : Marriage 23 September 1939 (Robert Antelme)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1943 (Francois Mitterrand, (Morland))
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1943 (First novel published)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 24 April 1947 (From Robert)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1950 (Noted novel, "The Sea Wall" released)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1980 (Began living with Yann Andrea)
  • Work : Prize 1984 (Received a Goncourt Prize for "L'Amant")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1994 (Last novel, "C'est tout" (That's All))

Source Notes

Petitallot in Cadron No. 28, March 1996, no source given. (Lescaut quotes L'Astrologue 28 for B.R. LMR is unable to trace this quote (as of 8/2000) and is not confident that a South Vietnam B.C. has been obtained with a t.o.b.)

Didier Geslain has same data in L'astrologue No.114, no source. In February 2004, Sy Scholfield quotes biography by Laure Adler, "Marguerite Duras: A Life" (London: Phoenix, 2001), p. 21 for the same data as given above (April 4, 1914 at 4 AM)

On 3 May 2017 Scholfield changed the rating from C to AA, having forwarded birth certificate (acte n°3), with the time of birth clearly stated: "Le quatre Avril mil neuf cent quatorze à quatre heures, est née à l'École Normale de Giadinh Marguerite Germaine Marie, du sexe féminin, de Henri Donnadieu..." (On the fourth of April, nineteen hundred and fourteen at four o'clock [in the morning], was born at the Normal School (teaching college) of Giadinh, Marguerite Germaine Marie, of the female sex, to Henri Donnadieu ...). Marriage, divorce and death data in margin.


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (16 years with Yann)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Yann, 40-years younger)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novels)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Playwright, cinema adaptations)