Marguerite Duras and Hélène Bamberger met in Trouville in 1980 and became friends until the writer’s death. Accompanying her, Bamberger photographed the world Duras recreated in houses in Paris, Neauphle-le-Château and Trouville. She photographed the objects Duras collected, like lace and dried flowers, and the writer’s desk, along with her favorite landscapes, like the changes of time upon her face.
The result of years spent walking through Normandy led to the album La Mer écrite (Éditions Marval 1996). Starting with the first exhibition, L’été 80, for the book’s release, Bamberger’s photographs of Duras have toured the world, from New York and Stockholm to Barcelona, Fez, Saigon and Ouagadougou.
For the Marguerite Duras centenary, Éditions Minuit has released a box set of her postcards, Marguerite Duras de Trouville.