Proust: The Search (Jewish Lives)

Proust: The Search (Jewish Lives)


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

“Taylor’s undertaking isn't to give an explanation for the lifestyles through the unconventional or the unconventional by means of the lifestyles yet to teach how assorted occasions, diverse 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 past due in existence, but basically 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 ahead of writing his multivolume masterwork In seek of misplaced Time, yet following a sequence of momentous historic 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 creative struggles—the “search” of the subtitle—and wonderful metamorphosis within the context of his occasions. Taylor offers an in-depth learn of the author’s existence whereas exploring how Proust’s own correspondence and released works have been vastly expert via his mother’s Judaism, his homosexuality, and such dramatic occasions because the Dreyfus Affair and, specially, global battle I. As Taylor writes in his prologue, “Proust’s Search is the main encyclopedic of novels, encompassing the necessities of human nature. . . . His account, operating from the early years of the 3rd Republic to the aftermath of worldwide conflict I, turns into the inclusive tale of all lives, a vast mimesis. To learn the full Search is to discover oneself transfigured and triumphant at journey’s finish, at domestic in time and in eternity too.”

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