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About the Author: Marcel Proust

French novelist, best known for his 3000 page masterpiece À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time), a pseudo-autobiographical novel told mostly in a stream-of-consciousness style. Born in the first year of the Third Republic, the young Marcel, like his narrator, was a delicate child from a bourgeois family. He was active in Parisian high society during the 80s and 90s, welcomed in the most fashionable and exclusive salons of his day. However, his position there was also one of an outsider, due to his Jewishness and homosexuality. Towards the end of 1890s Proust began to withdraw more and more from society, and although he was never entirely reclusive, as is sometimes made out, he lapsed more completely into his lifelong tendency to sleep during the day and work at night. He was also plagued with severe asthma, which had troubled him intermittently since childhood, and a terror of his own death, especially in case it should come before his novel had been completed. The first volume, after some difficulty finding a publisher, came out in 1913, and Proust continued to work with an almost inhuman dedication on his masterpiece right up until his death in 1922, at the age of 51.
Today he is widely recognised as one of the greatest authors of the 20th Century, and À la recherche du temps perdu as one of the most dazzling and significant works of literature to be written in modern times.


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Paperback, by Le Livre de Poche

ISBN10: 2253082147 | ISBN13: 9782253082149

Page count: 437

Albertine disparue est le dernier volume revu et remanié par Proust avant sa mort. Prévu d'abord sous le titre La Fugitive, comme le pendant de La Prisonnière, il présente la fin de l'épisode d'Albertine : sa fuite, sa mort, le chagrin, puis l'oubli. Le huis-clos de La Prisonnière s'achève, non sur l'apaisement, mais sur une multiplication des regrets et des enquêtes posthumes. Un long passage conduit Marcel à Venise, depuis toujours cité de ses désirs, maintenant univers thématique dense où nous retrouvons sa mère, Mme de Villeparisis et M. de Norpois. Il s'y livre à la fois à l'éblouissement esthétique et à de nouvelles poursuites amoureuses.
À la fin de sa vie, Proust songeait à développer ses recherches sur l'homosexualité dans un Sodome et Gomorrhe IV, un Sodome et Gomorrhe V et au-delà, avant d'en arriver au Temps retrouvé. D'où les remaniements profonds - allant jusqu'à l'étonnante suppression des deux-tiers du volume - qu'il fit subir à Albertine disparue, sans pouvoir les conduire à leur terme. Nous donnons de cette partie l'édition qui nous paraît la plus plausible, comprenant le texte initialement prévu et faisant apparaître clairement les modifications apportées dans les derniers jours.

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