Pleasures and Days

Overview

Short pieces present an early glimpse into Proust's genius

Proust's only other work of fiction published in his lifetime apart from the monumental novel cycle In Search of Lost Time, this collection takes the reader on a journey through the high-society circles of fin-de-siècle Paris, presenting the lives, loves, and attitudes of a host of unforgettable characters. Rich in language and detail, and by turns satirical and moving, Proust's stories, presented here in ...

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Overview

Short pieces present an early glimpse into Proust's genius

Proust's only other work of fiction published in his lifetime apart from the monumental novel cycle In Search of Lost Time, this collection takes the reader on a journey through the high-society circles of fin-de-siècle Paris, presenting the lives, loves, and attitudes of a host of unforgettable characters. Rich in language and detail, and by turns satirical and moving, Proust's stories, presented here in Andrew Brown's nuanced translation, are layered with imagery and feeling and foreshadow the themes and psychological atmosphere of his later masterpiece.

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"Yields the earliest blooms from [Proust's] emerging, lifelong fascination with the labyrinths of snobbery and sexuality in Parisian high society." —Independent
Library Journal
In the Shadow is the second installment in Penguin's popular new translation of Proust's masterwork, In Search of Lost Time. Pleasures is a collection of short stories and character sketches. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847493170
  • Publisher: Alma Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 954,263
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcel Proust (1871–1922) was a novelist and critic, a forerunner of Modernism, and one of the 20th century's most important literary figures. Andrew Brown is the author of Roland Barthes: The Figures of Writing and the translator of several works into English, including Emile Zola's For a Night of Love and André Gide's Theseus. A. N. Wilson is the author of many novels and nonfiction works, including Paul: The Mind of the Apostle and The Victorians.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction xi
Pleasures and Days 1
Preface 3
Dedication 5
The Death of Baldassare Silvande 9
Violante, or High Society 29
Fragments from Italian Comedy 39
Bouvard and Pecuchet on Society and Music 59
Mme de Breyves's Melancholy Summer Vacation 69
Portraits of Painters and Musicians 83
The Confession of a Young Woman 89
A Dinner in Town 101
Nostalgia--Daydreams under Changing Skies 109
The End of Jealousy 151
Notes 172
Biographical note 173
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