Proust Among the Stars

Proust Among the Stars

by Malcolm Bowie
     
 

Proust Among the Stars gathers Proust's thoughts on the self, time, politics, art, sex, and death. Malcolm Bowie strikes a balance between life and literature that tantalizes the reader with insights as striking as those offered by Proust's generous narrator. No better introduction to Proust could be imagined: it brings readers back to the pleasures of the text rather…  See more details below

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Proust Among the Stars gathers Proust's thoughts on the self, time, politics, art, sex, and death. Malcolm Bowie strikes a balance between life and literature that tantalizes the reader with insights as striking as those offered by Proust's generous narrator. No better introduction to Proust could be imagined: it brings readers back to the pleasures of the text rather than to the caprices of biography. It follows Proust into orbit and sends back truly startling pictures of our world.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231114905
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.79(h) x 1.44(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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