Reading Proust

March 21, 2013 | By Anka Muhlstein
Anka Muhlstein © Kathryn Hamilton

Anka Muhlstein was born in Paris and settled in New York in 1974. She is the author of many books, including 'Monsieur Proust's Library'. She was awarded the Goncourt Prize for her biography of Custine  and has twice received the History Prize of the French Academy. 


One of the great pleasures of reading Proust for the first time is going from surprise to surprise. You never know what is coming next. Characters change all the time. One of the great pleasures of reading Proust over and over again is discovering how all these changes had been planned ahead. Dozens of clues point the reader in the right direction if only the reader knew how to read carefully and remember everything he read. The solution? Keep reading.


Air France is a proud sponsor of 2013: A Year with Proust, a year long festival organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

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