Synopses & Reviews
For any reader who has been humbled by the language, the density, or the sheer weight of Marcel Proust's , Roger Shattuck is a godsend. Winner of the National Book Award for Marcel Proust, a sweeping examination of Proust's life and works, Shattuck now offers a useful and eminently readable guidebook to Proust's epic masterpiece, and a contemplation of memory and consciousness throughout great literature. Here, Shattuck laments Proust's defenselessness against zealous editors, praises some translations, and presents Proust as a novelist whose philosophical gifts were matched only by his irrepressible comic sense. , the culmination of a lifetime of scholarship, will serve as the next generation's guide to one of the world's finest writers of fiction.
Now in paperback, this illuminating work serves as both an introduction to Proust--perhaps Europe's most enduring 20th-century novelist--and a searching reinterpretation of his work, particularly the masterpiece "In Search of Lost Time".
"Shattuck leaves us not only with a deepened appreciation of Proust's great work but of all great literature as well."--Richard Bernstein,
About the Author
Roger Shattuck, author of Forbidden Knowledge and Proust's Way, has won the National Book Award. He lives in Vermont.