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The Complete Short Stories of Marcel Proust [NOOK Book]

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One of the great literary figures of the modern age, French novelist Marcel Proust (1871-1922) probes the precarious mental and erotic nuances of love, the frail mysteries of time passing and time past in highly original, surprising tales. Includes a new translation of the complete text of Pleasures and Days, Proust's only short-story collection, and six tales previously uncollected and never before available in English.
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The Complete Short Stories of Marcel Proust

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Overview

One of the great literary figures of the modern age, French novelist Marcel Proust (1871-1922) probes the precarious mental and erotic nuances of love, the frail mysteries of time passing and time past in highly original, surprising tales. Includes a new translation of the complete text of Pleasures and Days, Proust's only short-story collection, and six tales previously uncollected and never before available in English.
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All the fiction Proust (1871–1922) wrote, in addition to his autobiographical Jean Santeuil and his great seven-volume Remembrance of Things Past, is collected in this attractive volume, which contains the text of his first book, Pleasures and Days (1896), with a few semifictional journalistic sketches added, and six previously untranslated "early stories." The latter are mostly dated ephemera devoid of narrative tension ("The Indifferent Man" being a partial exception). The former, though self-indulgent and uneven, do comprise a winning composite portrait of early–20th-century Parisian street, salon, and bedroom scenes—ranging from the Balzacian melodrama of "Confessions of a Young Girl" to the agreeably jaded rhythms of "The Melancholy Summer of Madame de Breyven" (which one can imagine Colette enjoying). Critic Roger Shattuck's claim (in his Foreword) that these sketches stand to Proust's masterpiece in somewhat the same relation as does Joyce's Dubliners to his Ulysses won't convince anybody. But readers who adore the mature Proust won't want to miss them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461624301
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/18/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,174,146
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

The author is the winner of three PEN translation awards and the French-American translation prize. He has translated over 180 books, including works by such authors as Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Paul Celan and Albert Schweizer. He lives in Queens, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    pink and purple

    there are moments of such splendor and perception that it's almost unthinkable a young man had sight enough to find them- but some of the pieces are also too florid and affected, inexperienced- the meditations and vignettes are the best, koans that can be contemplated each day to new revelation- unfortunately there is a better translation available from Ecco press that is no longer in print.

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