NOVEMBER 14, 2013

Remember the Alamo: Proust and My Breakdown

By Michael Reynolds

I have always considered Marcel Proust to be the milksop of modernism. Wherefore this forever reclining and meticulously mustachioed Frenchman? Compared to Woolf, Joyce, Kafka, Musil, Conrad, Mann, what was he? A weakling, an infirm, a self-published author! And, worst of all, a waffler.

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NOVEMBER 12, 2013

Proust on Twitter

By Davis Schneiderman

The first note of constructed art, or artifice, in Swann’s Way is the boy Marcel’s magic lantern. The device projects the story of Genevieve de Brabant and her nemesis Golo across the wall, and it presents, for the eponymous Marcel, “an intrusion of mystery and beauty into a room which I had succeeded in filling with my own personality until I thought no more of the room than of myself…I would begin to think and feel very melancholy things.”

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NOVEMBER 9, 2013

Proust is...

By Linda Coverdale

. . . kicking off your slippers and clambering onto the desk chair to find out what’s on the top bookshelf while the babysitter is out of the living room. Two books in a blue slip case immediately draw the eye with their gilt titles and elegant cloth spines the color of beach sand. Remembrance of Things Past.

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NOVEMBER 6, 2013

Proust by the Sea

By Jean Vallier

I read Swann’s Way for the first time in the mid-fifties, as a student in literature at the University of Aix-en-Provence. One year(it must have been around 1955), A la recherche du temps perduwas prescribed reading, along with Stendhal, Baudelaire and Charles Péguy. As it did for so many people discovering Proust for the first time, a new world opened for me.But weekdays and evenings were not enough to cram so much reading.

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NOVEMBER 5, 2013

Summer Reading

By Book Department

I’m 18, slumped in a folding chair on the lawn of my family’s house in Tuscany, reading Proust in the Pléiade edition, oblivious to the 20/20 visual acuity that such an activity presupposed and that twenty-five years later my bespectacled middle aged self can’t help but regard with a discrete amount of envy.

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OCTOBER 28, 2013

Proust and Jesus

By Esther Allen

In my sophomore year at Scripps College in Claremont, California, I took a course called “Marcel Proust and Virginia Woolf: Existence in Search of its Essence.” I had no particular interest in the authors; my best friend Alina had studied with the professor the previous year, admired her intensely, and insisted I take a class from her, any class.

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OCTOBER 21, 2013

Proust's Ruthlessness

By Book Department

Ah, Proust…the long, well-trimmed, intimidating shadow cast over French letters…

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OCTOBER 17, 2013

Interview with Etienne Mineur

By Culture & Education (San Francisco)

Etienne Mineur will participate in the Futures of the Book event in San Francisco (October 22 - October 26, 2013). Mineur answers a few questions on how the digital era has impacted our lifestyle and relationship to knowledge.

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OCTOBER 15, 2013

Noms de pays: le nom

By Book Department

Because I’m not an expert on Proust, the best that I can do here is to evoke the reason why, it seems to me, I was able to easily and immediately immerse myself in reading Proust, without giving up, even as many of my friends bowed out along the way. It came to me recently, while I was working on a book about my childhood...

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OCTOBER 15, 2013

Interview with François Bon

By Culture & Education (San Francisco)

François Bon is invited to participate in the "Futures of the Book" event in San Francisco, where he will present his vision of what books will become in the digital age. He will intervene at the "Creating Minds" conference at University of California, Berkeley on October 23rd, 2013 on the theme "Already Beyond the E-Book Age?".

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OCTOBER 9, 2013

Interview with Dominique Cunin

By Culture & Education (San Francisco)

Dominique Cunin (EnsadLab)'s Book Tales series of interactive pictures, intended to take a critical look at the reading conditions offered by mobile screens, will be exhibited at The Book Lab exhibition - part of the Futures of the Book event. October 22 - November 1, 2013

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OCTOBER 9, 2013

So you want to read Proust? Really?

By Frédérique Molay

First of all, know that In Search of Lost Time corresponds to a lot of lost time. If you imagine that you actually enjoy the reading, then you’ll have to make it through all seven thick volumes of the writer’s story. Your whole summer vacation gone, just like that. And if you read slowly, it could keep you busy until Christmas.

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OCTOBER 3, 2013

Interview with Bernard Stiegler

By Culture & Education (San Francisco)

French philosopher Bernard Stiegler will participate in the "Futures of the Book" event in San Francisco and will give a talk at the "Creating Minds" conference at University of California, Berkeley. Bernard Stiegler has answered a few questions on changes we face in the digital era.

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OCTOBER 1, 2013

Ebook News numéro 2

By French Culture

[FRENCH] Aux États-Unis, Apple reste sous étroite surveillance, après le jugement rendu le 10 juillet dernier statuant que la société s'était entendue avec des maisons d'édition pour fixer le prix des livres électroniques. Au Canada, une nouvelle étude publiée en septembre et menée par BookNet révèle l'engouement grandissant des Canadiens pour la lecture d'ebooks, le nouveau support étant adopté aussi bien par les parents que par leurs enfants.

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

French Fiction Fridays #10

By Book Department

In this final instalment of French Fiction Fridays 2013, we are presented with the stories of two kinds of families – the families we are born with and the families we create – and the silences with which they are tenuously held together.

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

Thérèse in the Garden

By Marie d’Origny

In a family album dating from circa 1900, a page is devoted to my great-grand-aunt striking a theatrical pose in a dilapidated garden. She is draped in a white toga that hangs on her broad limbs with the elegance of an unmade bed. Her left arm is wrapped above a head of straggly hair. She sprouts from the ruins and vegetation like a broken statue...

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

French Fiction Fridays #9

By Book Department

This week, take a moment with French Fiction Fridays to engage works of theatrical and visual art in exciting and surprising ways.

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2013

Proust Pals

By Jeff Peer

The Hôtel des Roches Noires is still open, but it doesn’t look like it. The mid-nineteenth century building has a reticent, withholding quality, even in the glare of a sunny Norman afternoon. Most of the shutters are closed. There are no guests in bathing suits making their way to the waves. Tourists walk along the boardwalk, looking up at it curiously, but nobody goes inside. The wide, Second-Empire facade is not in disrepair.

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AUGUST 30, 2013

French Fiction Fridays #8

By Book Department

In this eighth installment of French Fiction Fridays, we are introduced to two novels that question the institutions of marriage and a woman’s place in society. In her autobiographical novel, The Second Wife, Caroline Pochon tells the story of a French woman who meets and falls in love with a Senegalese poet at the Ouagadougou film festival.

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AUGUST 23, 2013

French Fiction Fridays #7

By Book Department

This week, allow our French Fiction Fridays excerpts to help you find love in sport and war. The novel Muscle and Flesh by Patrick-Olivier Meyer introduces us to a young Polish athlete and allows us to follow his initiation into the sports of the pole vault and the French kiss.

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