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From the Publisher"Descombes' Proust is a brilliant excursion by a philosopher into the domain of literary criticism. Precisely because it raises as a central issue the question of the relation of philosophical knowledge to literary knowledge, it will interest theorists and those philosophers concerned with the nature and function of literary discourse. Moreover, Descombes makes brief, sometimes polemical and always clarifying sorties into a number of historical and theoretical questions, such as the 'textualism' of the sixties and the narratology of Barthes and Genette. The book exemplifies what can be learned from a close reading controlled by principles of rigorous logic and the pursuit of clarity. It is attractively written, cannily organized, bursting with ideas, and eminently readable."
,The University of Michigan