Proust Among the Stars

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Overview

For many, Proust is the supreme European writer of the twentieth century. This book tackles his achievement head-on. Art, death, sex, politics, loss, guilt, morality--Proust's major themes are revealed and explained here.

Proust Among the Stars is a matchless close reading of Remembrance of Things Past and a lesson in how to read the great books profitably and pleasurably. Malcolm Bowie asserts that Proust's novel is one of the great exercises in speculative imagining in the world's literature; and that its originality lies first in the quality of Proust's textual invention, page after page, line after line. Proust's world constantly shimmers with a sense of multiple possibilities and is at the same time infused with the urge to order, obsessively to organize. Bowie examines how Proust achieves this in his writing, as opposed to his themes, plots, or theories.

An original, beautiful, and deeply moving book, Proust Among the Stars shows how Proust's work deepens our understanding of our lives and ourselves.

Columbia University Press

A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism;

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement

The best general study of Proust's 3,000-page work.

Lingua Franca

Genteel and meditative.

Los Angeles Times
Bowie can say more in three sentences than many a scholar in a belabored chapter... This is criticism motivated by intellectual joy, creatively sustained by felicities of expression.

— Victor Brombert

London Daily Telegraph
Bowie is one of our best living critics.... [His] moving wit sends his reader straight back to the text itself. Which is what criticism should do.

— A. S. Byatt

Guardian

Each [chapter] challenges traditional interpretations of Proust's handling of these themes, and deepens one's pleasure in and understanding of the novel.... Excellent.

Times (London)

A searching attempt to grasp the nature of Proust's vast project.... Brilliant analyses.

Time Magazines Literary Supplement
The best general study of Proust's 3,000-page work.
Los Angeles Times - Victor Brombert

Bowie can say more in three sentences than many a scholar in a belabored chapter... This is criticism motivated by intellectual joy, creatively sustained by felicities of expression.

London Daily Telegraph - A. S. Byatt

Bowie is one of our best living critics.... [His] moving wit sends his reader straight back to the text itself. Which is what criticism should do.

Time Magazines (London)
A searching attempt to grasp the nature of Proust's vast project.... Brilliant analyses.
Guardian

Each [chapter] challenges traditional interpretations of Proust's handling of these themes, and deepens one's pleasure in and understanding of the novel.... Excellent.

Times London
A searching attempt to grasp the nature of Proust´s vast project. . . . Brilliant analyses.
Guardian
Each [chapter] challenges traditional interpretations of Proust´s handling of these themes, and deepens one´s pleasure in and understanding of the novel. . . . Excellent.
Times Literary Supplement
The best general study of Proust´s 3, 000-page work.
A. S. Byatt
Bowie is one of our best living critics. . . . [His] moving wit sends his reader straight back to the text itself. Which is what criticism should do.
Victor Brombert
Bowie can say more in three sentences than many a scholar in a belabored chapter. . . This is criticism motivated by intellectual joy, creatively sustained by felicities of expression.
Lingua Franca
Genteel and meditative.
Daily Telegraph
Bowie is one of our best living critics....[His] moving wit sends his reader straight back to the text itself.
The Guardian
Challenges traditional interpretations of Proust's handling of these themes, and deepens one's pleasure in and understanding of the novel.
Booknews
Bowie (French, U. of Oxford) offers an elegant meditation on Marcel Proust's thoughts about the self, time, art, politics, morality, sex, and death as revealed in A la recherche du temps perdu. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Internet Bookwatch
Fans of Proust's writings or Remembrance Of Things Past will relish this title, which tackles the major themes in his works - art, sex, and politics - and provides a reader's link to the meaningful passages in his weighty writings. A 'must' for any student of Remembrance Of Things Past who would better understand Proust's method and philosophy.
Victor Brombert
This is criticism motivated by intellectual joy, creatively sustained by felicities of expression.
The Los Angeles Times
A. S. Byatt
Bowie is one of our best living critics….[His] moving wit sends his readers straight back to the text itself. Which is what criticism should do.
London Daily Telegraph
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231114912
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,137,696
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Bowie is Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of All Souls College. His previous books include Freud, Proust, and Lacan and Lacan: A Modern Master. He reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, Guardian, London Review of Books, and the Times Higher Education Supplement.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Note on Texts and Translations
Preface
I Self 1
II Time 30
III Art 68
IV Politics 126
V Morality 175
VI Sex 209
VII Death 267
Epilogue 319
Notes 329
Acknowledgements 338
Further Reading 339
Index 341
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