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In Search of Lost Time, Volume I: Swann's Way (A Modern Library E-Book) by [Marcel Proust, C.K. Scott Moncrieff, Terrence Kilmartin, D.J. Enright]

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In Search of Lost Time, Volume I: Swann's Way (A Modern Library E-Book) Kindle Edition

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What was it that Churchill said about Russia's being an enigma wrapped in a riddle inside a ? French writer Raczymow (Pauvre Bouilhet) does Churchill one better in this meditation on Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu: "It's true that Swann was saved by Proust. I mean Haas. That is, Proust means Haas. And Haas alone. Haas alone was saved. He became Swann." Even the most informed reader will have little idea of what the author is talking about unless he or she is almost obsessively familiar with Proust's great work. To clarify the example given, Charles Swann was one of the major characters in Proust's magnum opus, and Proust is said to have modeled Swann on Charles Haas, a dandy of the era. Ranging as far afield as Groucho Marx and Jeremy Irons, Raczymow investigates such issues as the meaning for Proust of Swann's name, the significance of his real-life counterpart's being a Jew in French high society, and the relation of Proust the author to Proust the narrator of the work. There are moments of humor here, as when Raczymow brings Proust the writer to task for his manner of "advancing a behavior, a type of speech, an ideology and attaching thirty-six thousand explanations to it without promoting one of them as most probable." Readers who thought they knew all there was to know about A la recherche may well gain further enlightenment from this slim volume, which should find a place in academic collections on Proust.
Edward Cone, New York
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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In the overture to Swann's Way, the themes of the whole of In Search of Lost Time are introduced, and the narrator's childhood in Paris and Combray is recalled, most memorably in the evocation of the famous maternal good-night kiss. The recollection of the narrator's love for Swann's daughter Gilberte leads to an account of Swann's passion for Odette and the rise of the nouveaux riches Verdurins. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000RH0DTE
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Modern Library (November 1, 2000)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 1, 2000
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1961 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 653 pages
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