(1914-) French author. Her work includes short stories (‘Des Journées entičres dans les arbres’ 1954, stage adaptation Days in the Trees 1965), plays (La Musica 1967), and film scripts (Hiroshima mon amour 1960). She also wrote novels including Le Vice-Consul 1966, evoking an existentialist world from the setting of Calcutta, L’Amant 1984 (Prix Goncourt), which deals with a love affair between a young French woman and a Chinese man, and Emily L. 1989. La Vie materielle 1987 appeared in England as Practicalities 1990. Her autobiographical novel, La Douleur 1986, is set in Paris in 1945.