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Book Title: On Reading (On Series)|
The author of the book: Marcel Proust
Edition: Hesperus Press
Date of issue: August 24th 2011
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«Quando la lettura è per noi l’iniziatrice le cui magiche chiavi ci aprono al fondo di noi stessi quelle porte che noi non avremmo mai saputo aprire, allora la sua funzione nella nostra vita è salutare. Ma diventa pericolosa quando, invece di risvegliarci alla vita individuale dello spirito, la lettura tende a sostituirsi ad essa, così che la verità non ci appare più come un ideale che possiamo realizzare solo con il progresso interiore del nostro pensiero e con lo sforzo del nostro cuore, ma come qualcosa di materiale, raccolto fra le pagine dei libri come un miele già preparato dagli altri e che noi non dobbiamo fare altro che attingere e degustare poi passivamente, in un perfetto riposo del corpo e dello spirito».
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Read information about the authorFrench 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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