The Proust Project

The Proust Project

Book - 2004
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"Discovering Proust is like wandering through a totally unfamiliar land and finding it peopled with kindred spirits and sister souls and fellow countrymen . . . They speak our language, our dialect, share our blind-spots and are awkward in exactly the same way we are, just as their manner of lacing every access of sorrow with slapstick reminds us so much of how we do it when we are sad and wish to hide it, that surely we are not alone and not as strange as we feared we were. And here lies the paradox. So long as a writer tells us what he and only he can see, then surely he speaks our language." --from the preface by AndrÉ Aciman ForThe Proust Project, editor AndrÉ Aciman asked twenty-eight writers--Shirley Hazzard, Lydia Davis, Richard Howard, Alain de Botton, Diane Johnson, Edmund White, and others--to choose a favorite passage fromIn Search of Lost Timeand introduce it in a brief essay. Gathered together, along with the passages themselves (and a synopsis that guides the reader from one passage to the next), these essays form the perfect introduction to the greatest novel of the last century, and the perfect gift for any Proustian. FSG will co-publishThe Proust Projectin a deluxe edition with Turtle Point Press, Books & Co., and Helen Marx Books. André Acimanis the author ofOut of EgyptandFalse Papers. He is also a frequent contributor toThe New YorkerandThe New York Review of Books. Aciman teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. ForThe Proust Project, editor André Aciman asked twenty-eight writers--among them Shirley Hazzard, Lydia Davis, Richard Howard, Alain de Botton, Diane Johnson, Edmund White, Geoffrey O'Brien, Wayne Koestenbaum, Susan Minot, Andrew Solomon, and Louis Auchincloss--to choose a favorite passage fromIn Search of Lost Timeand introduce it in a brief essay. As gathered togethered here, along with the translated passages themselves (and a synopsis that guides the reader from one passage to the next), these essays form the perfect introduction to the greatest novel of the last century. "Discovering Proust is like wandering through a totally unfamiliar land and finding it peopled with kindred spirits and sister souls and fellow countrymen . . . They speak our language, our dialect, share our blind-spots, and are awkward in exactly the same way we are, just as their manner of lacing every access of sorrow with slapstick reminds us so much of how we do it when we are sad and wish to hide it, that surely we are not alone and not as strange as we feared we were. And here lies the paradox. So long as a writer tells us what he and only he can see, then surely he speaks our language."--André Aciman, from his Preface "Editor Andre Aciman's introductory essays gracefully place the individual passages in the larger context of the multivolume novel with great skill. He also provides the most penetrating essay onIn Search of Lost Timein his preface."--Barbara Fisher,The Boston Globe
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux : Turtle Point Press Books & Co. : Helen Marx Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780374238322
0374238324
Characteristics: xxi, 221 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Aciman, André

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