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Monsieur Proust's Library free pdf Reading was so important to Marcel Proust that it sometimes seems he was unable to create a fictional personage without a book in hand. Two hundred of his creatures inhabit his fictional world, and sixty writers hover over them. These writers--among them various classical authors of the seventeenth century such as Mme de Sevigne the letter-writer, Racine the playwright, Saint-Simon the memoirist, and novelists and poets of the nineteenth century, including Balzac, Baudelaire and Dostoevsky--are not there for show- their works play an active role in the construction of "In Search of Lost Time."
A life without books was inconceivable for Proust. Not surprisingly, he made literary taste and reading habits a primary means of defining his characters. Everybody in the novel reads: servants and masters, children, parents and grandparents, artists and physicians, and even generals. Conversations at dinner tables and among friends are mostly literary. The more sophisticated characters find it natural to speak in quotations, and quoting from memory is much appreciated in the narrator's family--his grandmother, grandfather, and mother all excel at this pastime.
Literature is omnipresent in Proust's work but takes many different forms. It may be straightforward when it comes to the books read by the narrator and other characters- it may be a tool used to define the personality of a personage, a clue to hidden traits of character, or a comical ploy when quotations are taken out of context or when turns of speech are directly inspired by classical writers.
In this wonderfully entertaining book, scholar and biographer Anka Muhlstein, the author of "Balzac's Omelette," draws out these themes in Proust's work and life, thus providing an indispensable introduction to his long and intricate novel.

More Praise for "Balzac's Omelette"
"Original, delectable, and entirely readable." --"Washington Post"
"Scholarly yet escapist . . . irresistible." --"Daily Beast"
""Balzac's Omelette" . . . is a charming and modest little book." --"New York Review of Books"

About Anka Muhlstein

Anka Muhlstein was born in Paris in 1935. Muhlstein has published biographies of Queen Victoria, James de Rothschild, Cavelier de La Salle, and Astolphe de Custine- studies on Catherine de MEdicis, Marie de MEdicis, and Anne of Austria- a double biography, "Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart- "and most recently, "Balzac's Omelette "(Other Press). She has won two prizes from the AcadEmie franCaise and the Goncourt Prize for Biography. She and her husband, Louis Begley, have written a book on Venice, "Venice for Lovers. "They live in New York City.

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Author : Anka Muhlstein
Publisher : Other Press (NY)
Data Published : 30 October 2012
ISBN : 1590515668
EAN : 9781590515662
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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