Destroy, She Said

by Marguerite Duras. Grove, $4.95. A short novel by the author of Hiro77shima Mon Amour, together with an interview concerning the process of making this same text into a film. In fact, the text should probably be considered a scenario rather than a novel, for without the extra meanings that can be created by actors, setting, and camera, the book is a vaporous affair about four people doing nothing much in a resort hotel. The author boasts that she has created a political novel which contains no mention of politics. The mere printed text contains nothing to arouse political thought, either, which marks some sort of peak in the art of omission.