Marguerite Duras (4 April 1914 – 3 March 1996) was born in southern Vietnam. After high school in Saigon, she left Indochina to study law in Paris. She wrote 34 novels from 1943 to 1993, and became an enduring part of Paris’s intellectual elite. In addition to her writing, she also directed about 16 films. For the film India Song (1975), she won France’s Cinema Academy Grand Prix.