In the 20th century, the young writer Marguerite Donnadieu in vacation at her family home at “the Platier”, in Pardaillan chooses her pen name; for now on she will sign Marguerite Duras on her future books. This is where she wrote her first novel “Les impudents” exalting the beauty of the landscapes of her teens.
Marguerite Duras is internationally known as an author, scriptwriter, and director. At the same time a novels and dialogs’ writer, a scenarist and a film director, Marguerite Duras is a major author in modern literature, known for the the impact of her work and her strong stances.
Shortly after her death in 1997, a local society, related to Jean Mascolo, her son, was created in her honour in order to promote the links she had with Lot-et-Garonne. It organize every years a small festival “Journées Marguerite Duras” and propose an popularisation of her books to mainstream.