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

Fallbook Press
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Today it's called In Search of Lost Time. Earlier generations knew it as Remembrance of Things Past. Under whatever title, and whichever translator, Proust's gargantuan novel has challenged American readers for nearly ninety years. 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

More than that, he ruminates on one or more of its highlights, compares the Penguin/Viking translations with the classic ones based on the work of C. K. Scott Moncrieff, and (gotcha!) points to errors in the text or translation. 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. Now revised and updated to incorporate yet another new edition from Yale University Press. 50 print pages; about 20,000 words. 

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Fallbook Press
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Apr 26, 2016
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English
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Literary Collections / LGBT
Literary Criticism / European / French
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Extract (from "The Visitor"):



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She looked back at the two men, whiskey-wild thoughts bouncing through her head.
They were both staring at her. At her chest. Both licking their lips.



(MF, MMF ménage à trois. Bisexuality. FMF and MFF interracial. Reverse harem. Wedding orgy. Explicit language and scenes of sexuality between consenting adults. Adult readers only.)

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