The Vice-Consul by Marguerite Duras

This novel follows the story of three lonely, dispossessed people in Calcutta, India: a troubled former French diplomat, a young French woman haunted by her past, and a poverty-stricken Indian woman. As their lives intersect, they grapple with desire, despair, and the struggle for redemption. The narrative is a complex exploration of colonialism, privilege, and the human condition, told through the lens of these three characters' tragic and intertwined lives.

The 2448th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 144

Since this book was first published in 1966, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 144.0.

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