A lifetime’s reading of Proust’s masterpiece
“A work buzzing with appetite and curiosity... a real delight. No Proustian should be without it.”–Andrew Marr
Living and Dying with Marcel Proust is the result of a lifetime’s reading of, and reflection on, Proust’s masterpiece A la Récherche du Temps Perdu.
Christopher Prendergast, one of the world’s foremost Proust scholars, and General Editor of the most recent translation of A la Récherche, has produced a highly entertaining book that takes in such disparate Proustian obsessions as insomnia, food and digestion, colour, addiction, memory, breath and breathing, breasts, snobbism, music, and humour.
Living and Dying with Marcel Proust will surely become the companion for all future readers either about to re-embark on Proust’s three-million-word journey or setting out for the first time.
Christopher Prendergast is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy. He writes for the London Review of Books and the New Left Review. He is also the general editor of the Penguin reissues of Proust’s work, published in 2002.