Remembrance Of Things Past
Wordsworth Editions Ltd
On Sale: September 10, 2006
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Marcel Proust (1871-1922) spent the last fourteen years of
his life writing A la recherche du temps perdu. It is an
intimate epic, an excavation of the self, and a comedy of
manners by turns and all at once. Proust is the twentieth
century's Dante, presenting us with a unique, unsettling
picture of ourselves as jealous lovers and unmitigated
snobs, frittering our lives away, with only the hope of art
as a possible salvation. He offers us a form of redemption
for a sober and secular age. Scott Moncrieff's delightful
translation was for many years the only access to Proust in
English. A labour of love that took him nearly as many years
as Proust spent writing the original. Moncrieff's
translation strives to capture the extraordinary blend of
muscular analysis with poetic reverie that typifies Proust's
style. It remains a justly famous classic of translation.
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