Immortality is Mortal

Explore the enigma of immortality in Marguerite Duras's "The Lover" with our profound literary insights. Discover this paradox today.

Immortality is Mortal
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Marguerite Duras was born in French Indochina in 1914. She was a member of the French Resistance during World War II and a member of the Communist Party shortly after. Her bestselling novel "The Lover," won the Prix Goncourt in 1984.
This Duras quote discusses immortality as "both of the spirit and of the pursuit of the void." Instead of seeing immortality as life extended, one should know that "life is immortal, while it’s still alive."
People ought to be told of such things. Ought to be taught that immortality is mortal, that it can die, it’s happened before and it happens still.
It’s while it’s being lived that life is immortal, while it’s still alive. Immortality is not a matter of more or less time, it’s not really a question of immortality but of something else that remains unknown.
It’s as untrue to say it’s without beginning or end as to say it begins and ends with the life of the spirit, since it partakes both of the spirit and of the pursuit of the void.

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