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Proust Paperback – April 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Pr (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080215025X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802150257
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,068,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on January 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
The first thing I have to say is that this English original version of this text is a relief from stress and anxiety because the French translation of it published by Editions de Minuit in Paris, and sole French translation available, is extremely poor and the two main mistakes I had sensed when reading it are confirmed as gross mistakes. Page 31 we find the "dungeon" in which involuntary memory casts and hides all real events that occurred to a person and that remain secret, unconscious till one day voluntary memory and habit, the two tyrants that impose onto anyone's life a day-to-day normalized behaviour and an official socially acceptable fake history of oneself, are suspended for a short moment by some exceptional event that could be anything finding an echo in one of these deep involuntary memory records, or a bout of fever or unconsciousness that could bring the unconscious back up. This dungeon is translated by "donjon" which is a castle tower in the Middle Ages. A typical and primitive mistake that yet does not prevent the translator to make the "diver" (p. 32) be "un plongeur" diving down into the involuntary memory that resides in this castle tower. The proper translation should have been "oubliette" or "chamber de torture." Just before the translator had meddled with a common phrase in English and completely messed up the meaning. Beckett writes: "Curiosity is the safeguard, not the death, of the cat, whether in skirts or on all fours." And that becomes: "La curiosité entraine la sauvegarde et non la mort de la chatte, qu'elle soit en jupons ou à quatre pattes." Thus the cat becomes a pussy cat and she mixes up with another phrase: "curiosity kills the pussy (cat)" which is deeply erotic if not obscene which by the way makes the narrator be a woman.Read more ›
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