"One day, I was already old, a man came up to me in the entrance of a public place. He introduced himself and said, “I’ve known you forever. Everyone says you were beautiful when you were young, but I want to tell you I think you’re more beautiful now than you were then. Rather than your face as a young woman, I prefer your face as it is now. Ravaged.”
Like so many women writers, Duras' face was her fortune, a life's work. It is her face that appears on the cover of her best-known work, The Lover. Is she the book's protagonist, or isn't she? Is The Lover a novel from life? Why is it important that women play this triangular game: face, fortune, fiction?