| the ledge files
the ledge - nl - uk
publisher: , 1923
publisher: Everyman's Library, 2001 (revised translation)
translation: C.K. / Kilmartin Scott Moncrieff
|ON PROUST'S BOOKSHELF|
Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 1795-1796
Slapdash sequel to the Apprenticeship; Wilhelm finds his calling as a surgeon.
Madame Bovary: Patterns of Provincial Life
Gustave Flaubert, 1857
Emma Bovary, a young country doctor' s wife, seeks escape from the boredom of her existence in love affairs and romantic yearnings, but is doomed to disillusionment.
'La Comédie Humaine'
Honoré de Balzac, 1830-1850
Multi-volume collection of interlinked novels and stories (nearly 100!) depicting French society in the period of the Restoration and the July Monarchy 1815-1848.
Autobiography of the French writer (1768-1848), witness to the historically crucial times of French Revolution, Napoleon, and Restoration.
Joris-Karl Huysmans, 1884
Des Esseintes is a neurasthenic aristocrat who has turned his back on the vulgarity of modern life and retreated to an isolated country villa. Here, accompanied only by a couple of silent servants, he pursues his obsessions with exotic flowers, rare gems, and complex perfumes and embarks on a series of increasingly strange aesthetic experiments, starting with the decision to give his giant pet tortoise a jewel-encrusted shell...
Pages from the Goncourt Journal
Edmond & Jules de Goncourt, 1851-1896
Selections from the diary of the De Goncourt brothers: novelists, critics and dilettanti of Parisian literary and fashionable circles during the second half of the 19th century.
An Introduction to Metaphysics
Reprints the 1949 publication of the 1912 translation of the essay Introduction a la metaphysique, which appeared in a French journal in January 1903. A good introduction to his work.
|BOOKS BY MARCEL PROUST:|
Volume I of Proust's In Search of Lost Time. The narrator interrupts reminiscences about his childhood spent in late-nineteenth-century France to recall the hopeless love affair that a friend of the family carries on with young Odette de Crecy.
|WHAT TO READ, ONCE YOU'VE FOUND THE TIME?|
'ROMANS-FLEUVES' (THE TIME, SHE FLIES)
J.J. Voskuil, 1996-2000 (7 books)
Dutch 'septology' - a total of 5,500 pages -published between 1996 and 2000, about life at a research institute in Amsterdam.
A Dance to the Music of Time
Anthony Powell, 1951-1975 (12 books)
A rich parorama of life in England between the wars.
Story of a Life
Konstantin Paustovsky, 1951-1975 (6 books)
Memoirs, in 6 volumes (1892-1968).
S. Vestdijk, 1934-1960 (8 books)
The pericles, great and small, of a growing boy with artistic tendencies.
Romain Rolland, 1904-1912 (10 books)
This semi-autobiographical novel (10 books) follows the misadventures of Jean-Christophe Krafft, a gifted composer whose dedication to his art alienates him from society.
BILDUNGSROMANS ABOUT WRITERS
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce, 1914-1915
The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin childhood and youth, his quest of identity through art and his gradual emancipation from the claims of his family, religion and Ireland itself, is also an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce and a testament to the artist's "eternal imagination".
Thomas Mann, 1903
Burgeoning talent caught between life and art.
André Gide, 1926
A young artist pursues a search for knowledge through the treatment of homosexuality and the collapse of morality in middle class France.
NOVELS BY PROUSTIANS
To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf, 1927
This is the story of the Ramsays, based on Virginia Woolf's own family. Written in the stream-of-consciousness style, the book examines family relationships, the traditional roles of the sexes, the tensions and love between husband and wife and the resentment children can feel for their parents.
Italo Svevo, 1923
A neurotic old man looks back over his life, exploring his motives and trying to make sense of things.
The Runaway Soul
Harold Brodkey, 1991
Wiley Silenowicz is adopted in 1930 and raised by his cousins in St. Louis. Wiley grows up, observes his parents, suffers his sister, experiences sexual longing and then sex. In short, nothing much happens except language - Brodkey's lush, carefully observed antidote to minimalism.
Cees Nooteboom, 1980
Inni Wintrop, a wealthy dilettante, meets Arnold and Philip Taads, estranged father and son, who have each adopted a unique routine to make their lives rigidly consistent.
Eric de Kuyper, 1988
The first of a five-part series: dreamlike recollections of a Belgian youth.
|Within a Budding Grove|
|The Guermantes Way |
|Sodom and Gomorrah|
|The Captive |
|The Fugitive |
|'In Search of Lost Time'|
Marcel Proust's famous seven-part cycle. See also: Swann's Way, Within a Budding Grove, Guermantes Way, Sodom and Gomorrah, Captive, Fugitive, and Time Regained.
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