The 14-Minute Marcel Proust: A Very Short Guide to the Greatest Novel Ever Written

The 14-Minute Marcel Proust: A Very Short Guide to the Greatest Novel Ever Written

by Stephen Fall

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Overview

Today it's called In Search of Lost Time, though an earlier generation knew it as Remembrance of Things Past. Under whatever title, and whichever translator, Proust's gargantuan novel has challenged English-speaking readers for nearly a century.

Over the course of twelve months, Stephen Fall tackled the recent and lovely Penguin/Viking editions, blogging on the internet as he read. He devotes a short chapter to each of the novel's seven books, introducing it with a two-minute plot synopsis--thus the fourteen minutes of the title. He also ponders some of its highlights and compares the new translations with the classic ones based on the work of Charles Scott Moncrieff.

Three concluding chapters discuss Albertine, the great love of the narrator's life; Proust's service in the French army; and the 'dueling madeleines', which give a snapshot of each translator's version of a notable Proustian passage. About 20,000 words. Revised and updated Octobter 2015 to incorporate the new editions from Yale University Press.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046323283
Publisher: Fallbook Press
Publication date: 10/17/2015
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Stephen Fall is the pen name of an American journalist and historian who usually writes on topics far removed from early 20th Century French literature. Not to worry! He has been a student of Proust's gargantuan novel since it was known in English translation as 'Remembrance of Things Past'.

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