M. Proust, ‘In Search of…Paradise Lost’

The only paradise is paradise lost. Marcel Proust

Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true. Marcel Proust

Love is space and time measured by the heart. Marcel Proust

Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust; 10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922) was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time; earlier translated as Remembrance of Things Past). It was published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces. Marcel Proust

Proust was the greatest novelist of the twentieth century, just as Tolstoy was in the nineteenth. Graham Greene

In Search of Lost Time (French: À la recherche du temps perdu) — or Remembrance of Things Past Is a novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust (1871–1922). His most prominent work, it is known both for its length and its theme of involuntary memory, the most famous example being the “episode of the madeleine.”

The novel began to take shape in 1909. Proust continued to work on it until his final illness in the autumn of 1922 forced him to break off. Proust established the structure early on, but even after volumes were initially finished he kept adding new material and edited one volume after another for publication. The last three of the seven volumes contain oversights and fragmentary or unpolished passages as they existed in draft form at the death of the author; the publication of these parts was overseen by his brother Robert.

The work was published in France between 1913 and 1927. Proust paid for the publication of the first volume (by the Grasset publishing house) after it had been turned down by leading editors who had been offered the manuscript in longhand. Many of its ideas, motifs, and scenes appear in adumbrated form in Proust’s unfinished novel, Jean Santeuil (1896–99), though the perspective and treatment there are different, and in his unfinished hybrid of philosophical essay and story, Contre Sainte-Beuve (1908–09).

The novel had great influence on twentieth-century literature; some writers have sought to emulate it, others to parody it. In the centenary year of Du côté de chez Swann, Edmund White pronounced A la recherche du temps perdu “the most respected novel of the twentieth century.”

If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time. Marcel Proust

Proust lived in Boulevard Haussmann from 1906 until 1919.

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.
Marcel Proust

In a separation it is the one who is not really in love who says the more tender things.
Marcel Proust

A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love. Marcel Proust

Like everybody who is not in love, he thought one chose the person to be loved after endless deliberations and on the basis of particular qualities or advantages. Marcel Proust

Swann in Love (Un Amour de Swann), a 1984 film by Volker Schlöndorff starring Jeremy Irons and Ornella Muti.



Remembrance of Things Past, Part One: Combray; Part Two: Within a Budding Grove, vol.1; Part Three: Within a Budding Grove, vol.2; and Part Four: Un amour de Swann, vol.1 are graphic novel adaptations by Franco-Belgian comics artist Stéphane Heuet in 1988.



Andy Warhol ‘ s A La Recherche du Shoe Perdu

 The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

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