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French Publishers Pay Hommage To Proust

November 14, 2013 marks the 100th birthday of Marcel Proust's Du côté de chez Swann, the first volume of A la recherche du temps perdu, published by Grasset in 1913. To celebrate the centennial, French publishers have released a number of remarkable new books on Proust's work and life. In François Bon's essay Proust est une fiction, Proust's personal life and work are blended with fictional episodes involving the author, including an imaginary meeting with Charles Baudelaire. Claude Arnaud's Proust contre Cocteau describes the complicated and relationship between the two authors, and imagines a rivalry between them for the status of grand auteur. Whether autobiographical, scholarly, or utterly inventive, these new works provide exciting new perspectives on one of the 20th century's most enigmatic personalities.

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François Bon, Proust est une fiction (Seuil, September 2013)

Claude Arnaud, Proust contre Cocteau (Grasset, Septelber 2013)

Jean-Paul and Raphaël Enthoven, Dictionnaire amoureux de Marcel Proust (Plon/Grasset, August 2013)

Pierre Macherey, Proust: entre littérature et philosophie (Editions Amsterdam, May 2013)

Michel Erman, Les 100 mots de Proust (Presses Universitaires de France, April 2013)

Marcel Proust, Ed. Charles Méla, Du côté de chez Swann: Combray, fac-similé et transcription des premières épreuves (Gallimard, October 2013)

Olivier Wickers, Chambres de Proust (Flammarion, August 2013)

Serge Sanchez, La Lampe de Proust et autres objets de la littérature (Payot, August 2013)