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Lost time : lectures on Proust in a Soviet prison camp

Author: Józef Czapski; Eric Karpeles
Publisher: New York, NY : New York Review of Books, [2018]
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The first translation of painter and writer Jozef Czapski's inspiring lectures on Proust, first delivered in a prison camp in the Soviet Union during World War II. During the Second World War, in the heart of the malevolent Soviet Union, a Polish prisoner of war brought Marcel Proust's novel À la recherche du temps perdu to life without a single page of text available for reference. Presenting a series of lectures  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Czapski, Józef, 1896-1993.
Lost time.
New York : New York Review Books Classics, [2018]
(DLC) 2018028507
Named Person: Marcel Proust; Marcel Proust; Marcel Proust
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Józef Czapski; Eric Karpeles
ISBN: 9781681372587 1681372584
OCLC Number: 1023103240
Notes: "An NYRB original"--Page [4] of cover.
"First published in the French language as Proust contre la decheance: conférences au camp du Griazowietz by Les Editions Noir sur Blanc"--Title page verso.
Description: xxxiv, 90 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Other Titles: Proust contre la déchéance.
Responsibility: Józef Czapski ; translated from the French by Eric Karpeles.

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"The first translation of painter and writer Jozef Czapski's inspiring lectures on Proust, first delivered in a prison camp in the Soviet Union during World War II. During the Second World War, in the heart of the malevolent Soviet Union, a Polish prisoner of war brought Marcel Proust's novel À la recherche du temps perdu to life without a single page of text available for reference. Presenting a series of lectures in an attempt to distract his fellow officers from their collective misery, Jozef Czapski managed to revive the novel and his experience of reading it purely from memory. It was a clarifying moment for him, a Proustian moment. His talks were given in French, helping to focus the men's minds and distract their thoughts from their grim surroundings. Calling upon deep reserves of aesthetic knowledge and critical thinking in a variety of languages, Czapski offered aspects of Proust's story, like Scheherazade, night after night. His lectures are a testament to the survival of memories of both worlds woven together, the fictional Faubourg Saint-Germain and the actual Soviet prison camp"--

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