Proust: The Search (Jewish Lives)

Proust: The Search (Jewish Lives)


An arresting new examine of the lifestyles, occasions, and success of 1 of the main influential writers of the 20 th century

“Taylor’s exercise isn't really to give an explanation for the lifestyles by means of the unconventional or the radical via the existence yet to teach how diverse occasions, assorted emotional upheavals, fired Proust’s mind's eye and, albeit occasionally thoroughly reworked, seemed in his paintings. the result's a truly refined, thought-provoking book.”—Anka Muhlstein, writer of Balzac’s Omelette and Monsieur Proust’s Library
 
Marcel Proust got here into his personal as a novelist relatively overdue in lifestyles, but merely Shakespeare, Balzac, Dickens, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky have been his equals while it got here to making characters as memorably human. As biographer Benjamin Taylor indicates, Proust was once a literary light-weight prior to writing his multivolume masterwork In seek of misplaced Time, yet following a chain of momentous old and private occasions, he became—against all expectations—one of the best writers of his, and certainly any, era.
 
This insightful, superbly written biography examines Proust’s inventive struggles—the “search” of the subtitle—and gorgeous metamorphosis within the context of his instances. Taylor offers an in-depth examine of the author’s lifestyles whereas exploring how Proust’s own correspondence and released works have been vastly trained through his mother’s Judaism, his homosexuality, and such dramatic occasions because the Dreyfus Affair and, notably, global warfare I. As Taylor writes in his prologue, “Proust’s Search is the main encyclopedic of novels, encompassing the necessities of human nature. . . . His account, working from the early years of the 3rd Republic to the aftermath of worldwide battle I, turns into the inclusive tale of all lives, a great mimesis. To learn the whole Search is to discover oneself transfigured and positive at journey’s finish, at domestic in time and in eternity too.”

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