An influential novelist, Duras has had several of her works brought to the screen, notably "This Angry Age" (1957), directed by Rene Clement, "10:30 P. M. Summer" (1966), directed by Jules Dassin, "The Sailor from Gibraltar" (1967), directed by Tony Richardson and "The Lover" (1992), directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. She contributed the haunting script for Alain Renais' "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" (1959) and began her own career as a film writer-director in the mid-1960s. Among her films are "La musica" (1966), adapted from her stage play, "India Song" (1975) and "The Truck" (1977). Her last film, "Les enfants" (1984) was co-directed with her son, Jean Mascolo, and Jean-Marc Turin.
Associated with the "nouveau roman" school, Duras generally eschewed action and plot in favor of stylized meditations on themes such as memory, subjectivity and the nature of human relationships. Many of her novels were autobiographical, calling upon her childhood in French Indochina (now Vietnam). She published her last book, written in dated entries, "That's All" in 1995. Duras died on March 3, 1996. She had been married to the writers Robert Antelme and Dionys Mascolo.