Sa Dec Home, Vietnam
The French writer Marguerite Duras lived in Sa Dec between 1928 and 1932 when her mother, a bankrupt colonial widow, ran a school there. It was in Sa Dec that Duras as a 15-year-old schoolgirl met Huynh Thuy Le, 27, the son of a wealthy Chinese family.
The two began a love affair that inspired Duras's 1984 Prix Goncourt-winning best-selling novel, The Lover (L'Amante) that has been translated into 43 languages and has sold 2.4 million copies. A film version proved more popular in Vietnam despite erotic scenes being censored.
Duras never lived in the Lover's house in Sa Dec on Nguyen Hue Street across the road from the steamy Mekong. Huynh Thuy Le's family frowned on the affair and forced him to marry a Chinese woman, but he loved Duras until his death and before she died in 1996, she admitted that she had loved him too.
bill fitzpatrick writer and photographersa dec home