In Search of Lost Time: v. 4: Sodom and GomorrahPaperback
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- Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
- Format: Paperback | 576 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 28mm | 440g
- Publication date: 2 October 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 014118034X
- ISBN 13: 9780141180342
- Edition: 4, Revised
- Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
- Sales rank: 54,428
Since the original prewar translation there has been no completely new rendering of the French original into English. This translation brings to the fore a more sharply engaged, comic and lucid Proust. "In Search of Lost Time" is one of the greatest, most entertaining reading experiences in any language. As the great story unfolds from its magical opening scenes to its devastating end, it is the Penguin Proust that makes Proust accessible to a new generation. Each volume is translated by a different, superb translator working under the general editorship of Professor Christopher Prendergast, University of Cambridge.
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Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is now generally viewed as the greatest French novelist and perhaps the greatest European novelist of the 20th century.
Poetic, even transcendant . . . John Sturrock is pitch-perfecta] equally at home with its intimacies and its bitter comedy. (Frank Wynne, "The Irish Times")
"Sodom and Gomorrah opens a new phase of "In Search of Lost Time. While watching the pollination of the Duchess de Guer-mantes's orchid, the narrator secretly observes a sexual encounter between two men. "Flower and plant have no conscious will," Samuel Beckett wrote of Proust's representation of sexuality. "They are shameless, exposing their genitals. And so in a sense are Proust's men and women . . . shameless. There is no question of right and wrong." For this authoritative English-language edition, D. J. Enright has revised the late Terence Kilmartin's acclaimed reworking of C. K. Scott Moncrieff's translation to take into account the new definitive French editions of "A la recherche du temps perdu (the final volume of these new editions was published by the Bibliotheque de la Pleiade in 1989).