I love this book! Not only is it a great introduction to Proust but devotees will enjoy it too. Proust was a master of atmospherics and nuance, a keen observer of Parisian society and human nature, and he had a terrific sense of humor. Heuest’s charming illustrations illuminate all these elements while Goldhammer’s thoughtful translation reveals structural components and overarching themes I hadn’t noticed before.

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By Marcel Proust, Stephane Heuet (Adapted by), Arthur Goldhammer (Translator)
ISBN: 9781631490354
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 13th, 2015

This fascinating novel hypothesizes that the heart of Christianity lies not in a trinity but in a duo: Twins named Jesus and Christ. Jesus is a storyteller with a moral conscience. Christ is the weaker brother, quick to self-justify and cover his tracks. Jesus is the leader, the man of his time, but Christ is the scribe with an eye on posterity. You’ll hear rhythmical echoes of the King James translation in the writing. But Pullman’s subtle and decisive changes of biblical stories address inconsistencies, provide food for thought and are also very moving.

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ISBN: 9780802145390
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Published: Canongate Us - April 12th, 2011

The world of Patrick Modiano is one of loss and displacement. So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24) explores these themes in a slim 155 pages—taking us into the jogged memory of Daragane, a loner and life-long resident of Paris. The novel begins with a telephone call. Gilles Ottolini has recovered Daragane’s misplaced address book, in which he notices a name that also appears in Daragane’s first novel. But Daragane cannot remember the name, or his first novel. When he reads a densely-written dossier compiled by Ottolini, however, he discovers the murder of a distant acquaintance, and becomes immersed in long forgotten memories.  As Daragane reads, he finds himself skipping sentences, enacting the selective and seemingly random way memory works. While this masterful novel has the lightness of a dream, it is deeply affecting, as vivid dreams often are.  Focusing on abandonment—abandonment by one’s memory and the abandonment of loved ones—the book leads to a stunning and painful climax that calls into question the nature of identity itself.

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By Patrick Modiano, Euan Cameron (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780544635067
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 15th, 2015

So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood Cover Image
By Patrick Modiano, Euan Cameron (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780544811867
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Published: Mariner Books - September 20th, 2016