Vol. 25 No. 1 (2024)

The Orphans of Love

Alberto Castelli
Hainan University, China

Published 07-06-2024


  • Allende,
  • Barthes,
  • Duras,
  • Nietzsche,
  • Recalcati

How to Cite

Castelli, A. (2024). The Orphans of Love. Verbum – Analecta Neolatina, 25(1), 27–50. https://doi.org/10.59533/Verb.2024.25.1.2


The psychological tension between intimacy and distance, self-revelation, and estrangement accounts for much of the fascination and allure Marguerite Duras’ The Lover and Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover exert upon their readers. While both texts concern a knotty tangle of characters searching for love in the wreckage of the 20th Century, central to the narrative is the enigma of the absence. Love is a muted passion, a dialectical interplay between presence and absence, between creation and destruction, the “how much” the author reveals or conceals has to do with how much love can endure.


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