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Description - Letters to His Neighbor by Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust's genius for illuminating pain is on spectacular display in this recently discovered trove of his correspondence, Letters to His Neighbor. Already suffering from noise within his cork-lined walls, his poor soul was not ready for the fresh hell when his neighbor Dr. Williams married a widow with small children. Chiefly to Mrs. Williams, these ever-polite letters (often accompanied by flowers, compliments, books, even pheasants) are frequently hilarious-Proust couches his fury in a gracious tone. In Lydia Davis's hands, the digressive brilliance of his sentences shines: "Don't speak of annoying neighbors, but of neighbors so charming (an association of words contradictory in principle since Montesquiou claims that most horrible of all are 1) neighbors 2) the smell of post offices) that they leave the constant tantalizing regret that one cannot take advantage of their neighborliness." Proust makes fine distinctions among his auditory torments: "The valet de chambre makes noise and that doesn't matter. But later he knocks with little tiny raps. And that is worse."
Lydia Davis has written a generous translator's note, tracing much of what we can know about Proust's perpetually dark room; she details the furnishings as well as the life he lived there: burning his powders, talking with friends, hiring musicians, and, most of all, suffering. Letters to His Neighboris richly illustrated with facsimile letters and photographs-catnip for lovers of Proust. With an Introduction by Jean-Yves Tadie and a translator's note by Lydia Davis.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811224116
ISBN-10: 0811224112
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 160mm x 18mm)
Pages: 112
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust is arguably the most admired writer of the twentieth century. Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections. Her collection Varieties of Disturbance: Stories was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Award of Merit Medal, and was named a Chevalier of the Order of the Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and her translations of modern writers, including Maurice Blanchot, Michel Leiris, and Marcel Proust. Lydia Davis is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.

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