Marguerite Duras

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.

Maguerite Duras
Claire de Duras

Claire de Kersaint

Duchess of Duras (1777 or 1778-1828), Claire de Kersaint, a novelist and friend of Mme de Stäel and Chateaubriand, was one of the most endearing personalities of the 19th century.  She had one of the most busy “chattering salons” in Paris. She wrote several books , the most famous “Ourika”, published in 1823 deals with racial and gender issues.