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Marcel Proust (1871–1922)

Autor(a) de No Caminho de Swann

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About the Author

Proust is one of the seminal figures in modern literature, matched only in stature by Joyce, Woolf, Mann and Kafka. By the last decade of the 19th century, the charming and ambitious Proust, born into a wealthy bourgeois family, was already a famous Paris socialite who attended the most fashionable mostrar mais salons of the day. The death of his parents in the early years of the 20th century, coupled with his own increasingly ill health, made of Proust a recluse who confined himself to his cork-lined bedroom on the Boulevard Haussmann. There he concentrated on the composition of his great masterpiece, Remembrance of Things Past (1913-27). In recent years, it was discovered that he had already prepared a first draft of the work in the 1890s in Jean Santeuil, which was only published posthumously in 1952. Remembrance of Things Past resists summary. Seeming at turns to be fiction, autobiography, and essay, Remembrance is a vast meditation on the relationship between time, memory, and art. In it the narrator, who bears the same first name as the author, attempts to reconstruct his life from early childhood to middle age. In the process, he surveys French society at the turn of the century and describes the eventual decline of the aristocracy in the face of the rising middle class. The process of reconstruction of Marcel's past life is made possible by the psychological device of involuntary memory; according to this theory, all of our past lies hidden within us only to be rediscovered and brought to the surface by some unexpected sense perception. In the final volume of the work, the narrator, who has succeeded in recapturing his past, resolves to preserve it through the Work of Art, his novel. He died of pneumonia and a pulmonary abscess in 1922. He was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Marcel Proust, vers 1891, à l’orée de sa vingtaine (Image colorisée)


Obras de Marcel Proust

No Caminho de Swann (1913) 11,060 cópias
In Search of Lost Time (1913) 3,838 cópias
The Guermantes Way (1921) 2,695 cópias
Sodom and Gomorrah (1921) 2,596 cópias
A Fugitiva (1927) 2,285 cópias
A Fugitiva (1925) 1,235 cópias
The Captive / The Fugitive (1923) 1,164 cópias
The Captive (1923) 1,029 cópias
Swann In Love (1913) 782 cópias
Pleasures and Regrets (1896) 414 cópias
Days of Reading (1988) 352 cópias
On Reading (1971) 352 cópias
Combray (1913) 281 cópias
Jean Santeuil (1952) 243 cópias
Literary Essays Volume I (1954) 243 cópias
The Guermantes Way: Part 1 (1920) 220 cópias
The Guermantes Way: Part 2 (1921) 210 cópias
Swann's Way: Part 2 (1913) 154 cópias
Proust on Art and Literature (1958) 137 cópias
Letters of Marcel Proust (1949) 132 cópias
Swann's Way: Part 1 (1913) — Autor — 130 cópias
The Lemoine Affair (1904) 124 cópias
Letters to His Neighbor (2013) 99 cópias
Sodom and Gomorrah: Part 2 (1941) 91 cópias
Sodom and Gomorrah: Part 1 (1927) 83 cópias
The Indifferent (1896) 74 cópias
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 2 (2020) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
The Captive: Part 1 (1923) 66 cópias
On Reading Ruskin (1987) 57 cópias
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Contribuinte — 56 cópias
The Captive: Part 2 (1923) 55 cópias
A Vision of Paris (1963) — Text — 53 cópias
Landscapes and Mixtures (1919) 42 cópias
Massime e aforismi (1948) 34 cópias
Time Regained: Part 1 (1927) 29 cópias
Chardin and Rembrandt (2016) 27 cópias
Time Regained: Part 2 (1927) 25 cópias
Jealousy (2007) 24 cópias
Selected Letters (2008) 22 cópias
The Pleasure of Reading (1997) 21 cópias
Correspondance avec sa mère (1956) 21 cópias
Unnecessary Precaution (2009) 21 cópias
For Dinner and Other Stories (1896) 19 cópias
Letters 1885-1905 (1985) 19 cópias
Correspondance (2007) 19 cópias
Proust Album (1987) 19 cópias
Noveller (2015) 18 cópias
Obras completas (2004) 17 cópias
Essais (2022) 14 cópias
Antología póetica. (1985) 14 cópias
Writings on Art (1999) 13 cópias
Lettres choisies (2004) 11 cópias
Samlade noveller (2018) 11 cópias
The Accursed Race (2004) 10 cópias
Reveries (1991) 10 cópias
Essays & Articles (1994) 9 cópias
Celos (Spanish Edition) (2010) 9 cópias
Chroniques (1927) 9 cópias
Lettres à Reynaldo Hahn (2012) 9 cópias
The veiled wanderer, Marcel Proust ; letters (1947) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
The Fugitive: Part 1 (2020) 7 cópias
I Miti Novecento (2000) 7 cópias
Jedna Svanova ljubav (2004) — Autor — 7 cópias
The Fugitive: Part 2 (2021) 7 cópias
Jean Santeuil: Volume I (1971) 7 cópias
Okuma Uzerine (2007) 6 cópias
Lettere a André Gide (1989) 6 cópias
Letters to a Friend (1949) 6 cópias
Carnets 1, 2, 3, 4 (2002) 6 cópias
Edebiyat ve Sanat Yazilari (2015) 6 cópias
The Proust Questionnaire (2004) 5 cópias
Briefe 1879 - 1922 (2 Bde.) (2016) 5 cópias
Pastiches (1969) 5 cópias
Lettres à Madame C. (1946) 5 cópias
1 5 cópias
CRÍTICA LITERARIA (1999) 4 cópias
L'oeil de Proust: Les dessins de Marcel Proust (1999) — Ilustrador — 4 cópias
IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 3 — Autor — 4 cópias
Kalan Son Güzel Kağıdım (2018) 4 cópias
La madeleine de Proust (2011) 4 cópias
Salões de Paris (2018) 4 cópias
Valik esseid (2015) 4 cópias
Correspondance, tome 6 (1980) 4 cópias
The Race of the Damned (2004) 4 cópias
Le lettere e i giorni (1996) 4 cópias
Choix de lettres 4 cópias
The Salon of Madame de ... (2009) 3 cópias
Sur le style de Flaubert (2014) 3 cópias
Proust für Gestreßte (2002) 3 cópias
Poesía completa (2012) 3 cópias
Paris of the Lost Time (1985) 3 cópias
Les intermittences du coeur (2009) 3 cópias
Proust Clothbound Box (2017) 3 cópias
Lusten en dagen (2022) 3 cópias
Charlus (1991) 3 cópias
Death of My Grandmother (2013) 3 cópias
Sonnolenza e altre prose (2002) 3 cópias
Kiskanclik (2020) 3 cópias
Le Temps perdu (2021) 3 cópias
Obras Completas Tomo II (2004) 3 cópias
Lettres à Horace Finaly (2022) 3 cópias
An Imitated Miscellany (1989) 3 cópias
Worldly & Literary Writings (1984) 3 cópias
Tiempo Recobrado El (2010) 2 cópias
37. Crnicas 2 cópias
Bésame = Embrasse-moi (2013) 2 cópias
Das Ende der Eifersucht (2022) 2 cópias
Tres relatos criminales (1989) 2 cópias
Crónicas 2 cópias
Prizoniera 2 cópias
El caso Lemoine (2022) 2 cópias
Swann’ın Bir Aşkı (2020) 2 cópias
Proust and the Bible (1999) 2 cópias
Swannova láska (2017) 2 cópias
L'Herbier de Marcel Proust (1995) 2 cópias
Utsikt over Delft (1996) 2 cópias
Il piacere della lettura (2016) 2 cópias
Profesor de belleza (2010) 2 cópias
Personaggi 2 cópias
En este momento (2005) 2 cópias
pg7178-images 2 cópias
Travel Impressions by Car (1900) 2 cópias
Pintores (2016) 2 cópias
La prisionera.Tomo II (2009) 2 cópias
6: I Guermantes: /1! (1997) 2 cópias
4 2 cópias
MORCEAUX CHOISIS — Autor — 2 cópias
Landscapes 2 cópias
The Death of the Cathedrals (1994) 2 cópias
Беглянка (2000) 2 cópias
Los placeres y los días 1 exemplar(es)
ALBERTINA E ZHDUKUR 1 exemplar(es)
Jean Santeuil III (Vol III) (1952) 1 exemplar(es)
SWANN'IN BİR AŞKI 1 exemplar(es)
Venice & A Fan 1 exemplar(es)
A Raça Maldita 1 exemplar(es)
In Search of Lost Time 1 1 exemplar(es)
Jean Santeuil - tomo I 1 exemplar(es)
Marcel Antes De Proust (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Time Regained 1 exemplar(es)
Proust on Reading 1 exemplar(es)
Saint-Loup: A Portrait 1 exemplar(es)
TRADUZIONI ITALIANE DI > (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
Correspondencia 1914-1922 (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
Pastiches et mélanges 1 exemplar(es)
The sweet cheat gone 1 exemplar(es)
Le côté de Guermantes. 1 exemplar(es)
I 75 fogli (2022) 1 exemplar(es)
Strona Guermantów 1 exemplar(es)
Le Cote De Guermantes Tome 2 (1954) 1 exemplar(es)
Put k Swannu Combray 1 exemplar(es)
Captiva ☆ 1 exemplar(es)
Captiva ☆☆ 1 exemplar(es)
℗[I Guermantes] ℗1 1 exemplar(es)
H4.: ISodoma e Gomorra 1 exemplar(es)
Pauline de S. 1 exemplar(es)
That Is How He Loved... 1 exemplar(es)
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In the Underworld 1 exemplar(es)
A Captain's Reminiscence 1 exemplar(es)
H3: I IGuermantes (1991) 1 exemplar(es)
Obras Completas, vol. II 1 exemplar(es)
H4: ISodoma e Gomorra 1 exemplar(es)
Dias de lectura (2014) 1 exemplar(es)
Fugara 1 exemplar(es)
Quatre peintres 1 exemplar(es)
Kreusnach (2004) 1 exemplar(es)
Plennitsa (1990) 1 exemplar(es)
Le côté de Guermantes 1 exemplar(es)
Vikontun Ölümü (2022) 1 exemplar(es)
Racconti 1 exemplar(es)
Hommage à Marcel Proust — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Uwi♯ziona (2000) 1 exemplar(es)
W stron119 Swanna 1 exemplar(es)
Utracona (2001) 1 exemplar(es)
Timpul regăsit 1 exemplar(es)
À propos de Baudelaire 1 exemplar(es)
Fragments (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
Gegen Sainte-Beuve 1 exemplar(es)
Okuma Üzerine (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
Du côté de chez Swann Tome 2 (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
Early Writings: 1887-1895 (1991) 1 exemplar(es)
Slutet på svartsjukan (1989) 1 exemplar(es)
" V poiskakh utrachennogo vremeni". (T.-1.) — Autor — 1 exemplar(es)
Œuvres 1 exemplar(es)
Rozkose a dni 1 exemplar(es)
Pages choisies 1 exemplar(es)
On Reading and Other Articles (2000) 1 exemplar(es)
Correspondance avec Daniel Halévy (1992) 1 exemplar(es)
Revue Europe 496-497 : Centenaire de Marcel Proust — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
8: I Guermantes: /3! (1991) 1 exemplar(es)
all 1 exemplar(es)
Swann'ların Tarafı 1 exemplar(es)
Lettres inédites 1 exemplar(es)
Radosti a dny 1 exemplar(es)
Crónicas escogidas (2000) 1 exemplar(es)
Bottom Readings 1 exemplar(es)
Painters (2006) 1 exemplar(es)
Tempo ritrovato (*Il *) 1 exemplar(es)
Words of Proust (2000) 1 exemplar(es)
Aphorisms 1 exemplar(es)
15: Il tempo ritrovato: /2! (1991) 1 exemplar(es)
Lettres à Madame Scheikévitch (1993) 1 exemplar(es)
La Confession d'une jeune fille (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
En Busca del Tiempo 5 1 exemplar(es)
Caminho de Guermantes, O 1 exemplar(es)
Captive: 2, The 1 exemplar(es)
Overture 1 exemplar(es)
The Stranger 1 exemplar(es)
Poesie. Testo francese a fronte (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Hledání ztraceného času (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Lettere 1 exemplar(es)
Uwięziona 1 exemplar(es)
Il corrispondente misterioso (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
Kayıp zamanın izinde (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
Memory & Style 1 exemplar(es)
CARTAS A SU VECINA (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
Os Parazeres e os Dias 1 exemplar(es)
Bd. 3. Die Gefangene 1 exemplar(es)
Bd. 1. In Swanns Welt 1 exemplar(es)
Kayip Zamanin Etrafinda (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
EN BUSCA DE S MISMO 1 exemplar(es)
Du côté de chez Swann. 2 tomes (1992) 1 exemplar(es)
Ritorno a Guermantes (1988) 1 exemplar(es)
La vida en parís 1 exemplar(es)
In Selbstzeugnissen 1 exemplar(es)
Mundo de Guermantes, El 1 exemplar(es)
Violante ou la mondanité (2001) — Autor — 1 exemplar(es)
Swan's Way Part Two 1 exemplar(es)
Proust, coffret 8 volumes (1991) 1 exemplar(es)
To noveller (1991) 1 exemplar(es)
Précaution inutile (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
Du cote de chez swann CD (1999) 1 exemplar(es)
Tage der Freuden (1974) 1 exemplar(es)
Un amour de Swann 1 exemplar(es)
Paises y Mediaciones (1998) 1 exemplar(es)
Bd. 1. In Swanns Welt 1 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

A World of Great Stories (1947) 258 cópias
Remembrance of Things Past, Part 1: Combray (1998) — Contribuinte — 193 cópias
Love Letters (1996) — Contribuinte — 180 cópias
The Arabian Nights [Norton Critical Edition] (2009) — Contribuinte — 168 cópias
The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998) — Contribuinte — 158 cópias
In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way: A Graphic Novel (2013) — Contribuinte — 140 cópias
The Other persuasion: short fiction about gay men and women (1977) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias
French Short Stories (1998) — Contribuinte — 86 cópias
Remembrance of Things Past, Part 3: Swann in Love, Vol. 1 (2006) — Contribuinte — 81 cópias
Unpacking My Library: Artists and Their Books (2017) — Contribuinte — 67 cópias
Granta 140: State of Mind (2017) — Contribuinte — 58 cópias
The World of Marcel Proust (1960) — Associated Name — 43 cópias
Remembrance of Things Past, Part 3: Swann in Love, Vol. 2 (2006) — Contribuinte — 40 cópias
The Book of the Sea (1954) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
Selected Writings (1958) — Contribuinte, algumas edições29 cópias
Venice Stories (2018) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
Profil d'une œuvre. A la recherche du temps perdu, Proust (1992) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias
Remembrance of Things Past, Part 4: Place Names: The Name (2013) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Swann in Love [1984 film] (2004) — Original writer, algumas edições10 cópias
An Adult's Garden of Bloomers (1966) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Time to Be Young: Great Stories of the Growing Years (1945) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
The Captive [2000 film] — Original book — 7 cópias
Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 3 (2007) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Un amour de Swann, Marcel Proust (1989) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
フランス短篇24 (現代の世界文学) (1989) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Proust, Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris, France
País (para mapa)
Local de nascimento
Auteuil, France
Local de falecimento
Paris, France
Causa da morte
Bronchite (Epuisement + Complication avec asthme chronique)
Locais de residência
Auteuil, France
Paris, France
Lycée Condorcet
Ecole des Sciences Politiques (lic. 1893 - Law | lic. 1895 - Literature)
short story writer
literary critic
Lange, Monique (cousin)
Gimpel, Rene (friend)
Ferval, Claude (friend)
Le Figaro, Journal (Rédacteur)
Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris (Bibliothécaire, 4 mois, 1895)
Pequena biografia
Marcel Proust was born in the Paris suburb of Auteuil. He suffered from chronic asthma from age nine. In 1882, he began attending the Lycée Condorcet, but his education was disrupted by his illness. He studied at the Ecole des Sciences Politiques, taking licences in law and in literature. In 1896, he published his first book, Les Plaisirs et les jours (Pleasures and Days), a collection of short stories, essays and poems. In 1895, he began writing an autobiographical novel, Jean Santeuil, which he never finished. He published a number of articles on Ruskin, as well as translations of two of his books, La Bible d'Amiens (1904) and Sésame et les Lys (1906). Proust died in 1922 at age 51 of pneumonia exacerbated by asthma.



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As zeppelins drop bombs on Paris, an era passes and age begins to catch up with Proust, there is little that I can insightfully say about this book other than (at this moment) this final volume of À la recherche du temps perdu is my favourite. It's 'the interaction of ageing and remembering' as the translator, Ian Patterson writes, that goes to its heart. What immediately struck me about this final volume was how warmly familiar I found Proust's voice. I slowed down and simply went where he took me rather than feeling any urgency to forge forward.

At certain points I was driven to fold over corners of pages to mark pencil underlines. There are far too many folded corners but I'll look backwards...

Fascinating to have Proust writing about writing when I found that I spent inordinate amounts of time when I thought I was reading, in reverie, inhabiting my own memories.

...my readers. For they were not, as I saw it, my readers, so much as readers of their own selves,' (p.342)

'There is no moment in my life which would not have served to teach me that only coarse and inaccurate perception places everything in the object when the opposite is true: everything is in the mind.' (p.223)

And then the wonderful insights which make you lift your eyes from the page and even close the book. The following constructed from a better turn fop phrase originated by La Bruyere...

'Men often want to be loved where they cannot succeed.' (p.203)

'For instinct shows us the work we have to do and intelligence provides the pretexts for evading it. Excuses have absolutely no place in art, mere intentions do not count for anything, the artist has to listen to his instinct all the time, with the result that art is the most real think there is, the most austere school of life, and the true Last Judgment.' (p.188)
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simonpockley | outras 180 resenhas | Feb 25, 2024 |
It's fascinating the way Proust prompts so many curious memories. One that surfaced for me was being aware, a lifetime ago - perhaps when I was 4 or 5, that my father was somehow confined to his chair for what seemed an eternity by a strange force. He was reading Proust (in French). I have no idea how I knew that it was Proust nor how he managed to read Proust in French but the volumes had plain white paper covers. Quite unlike these wonderfully accessible Penguin volumes.

When encountering so many wonderful passages in the 5th volume of this epic journey, I found myself writing them out by hand as way of hanging on to them. Hard to know what I could possibly say about In search of Lost Time or indeed this 5th volume that wouldn't detract from its many dimensions. Even to quote now somehow reduces the journey to something quite trivial. But I'll do it anyway:

It seems that events extend further than the moments in which they happen, and cannot be completely contained within them. Certainly, they spill over into the future through the memories we retain of them, but they also demand space in the time that precedes them. Certainly you will say that at that time we do not see them as they will actually be, but are they not also changed in our memory of them? p.371

- the fact that the intellect is not the most subtle, powerful and appropriate instrument for grasping the truth is only one more reason in favour of starting with the intellect rather than with the intuitions of the unconscious or with unquestioning faith in our premonitions. It is life which little by little, case by case, allows us to realise that what is most important for our hearts or our minds is taught to us not by reason but by other powers. And then it is the intellect itself, which, recognising their superiority, uses its reasoning in order to abdicate in their favour and accepts the role of collaborator and servant. p.391
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simonpockley | outras 30 resenhas | Feb 25, 2024 |
In this final volume I anticipated - and found - the narrator's examination of his writing skill, style and motivation to write this enormous biography. He begins to reflect again on writing, and how others' writing stirs him for being a reflection of what they see, a gift of having listened to and absorbed all, while previously he was making the error of dismissing and focusing too narrowly. He makes the argument however, that while he is unable to describe someone in vast physical detail (and we have actually seen that's not true, but ...), what he captures instead is an analysis of that person's inner being, and isn't that more important, more artistic? And I can't say he's wrong. These and other reflections bring his story full-circle, offering the key and solution to why he has been writing this way. He has some startlingly perceptive things to say about the true nature of inspiration and of art that really give me pause. And then his contemplation of the pressures of mortality, and whether enough time is allowed to finish his work (which is what Proust was up against), his views on a critique of his work, the novel's possible legacy, and then the closer about the vertigo of old age... wow.

Before all of this, World War One enters the story in this volume. The narrator learns that Combray has become a torn-up battleground. The drawing-room salons have to reduce their grandeur in wartime, and high society takes an awkward line between ignoring and acknowledging the war in their behaviours and discussion. This is a part of the final volume's reflections upon change, upon the divergences that emerge between past and present that can never be reconciled except in memory. There's some measure here of reconciling Saint-Loupe's present and former selves which heals one of my gripes I had, and again ties into the theme. But nothing happens to smooth over the Albertine debacle. In fact the narrator just keeps doing the same horrible thing over and over, baldly stating that his memories of her now stir absolutely no feelings in him, and it made me angrier every time. It's disturbing how little he learned from the experience. When his future love is introduced to him I wanted to yell at her to run, run while she still can.

And now it's done. Hard to believe. "We accept the thought that in ten years we ourselves, in a hundred years our books, will have ceased to exist," he writes. It's now a hundred years later and this is still top of the heap.

I both love ISOLT and have a problem with it. My love stems from Proust's readiness to smell each and every rose along the path, without seeming to have the least concern for where the path is taking him or being in any rush to get there. He has minute observations on everything and anything. If you're reading for plot, it'll drive you mad. If you can remember being a child who found wonder in every cloud and blade of grass, maybe you'll be entranced by this adult who does the equivalent: stops to examine every emotion, every link to memory, every gesture, expression, etc. Nothing passes his notice or lies beneath it that he won't stop and study. The consequence is that again and again he makes observations about everyday things that ring absolutely true and yet I'd never stopped to consider them myself. And on the subject of love, the dominant topic, I've gathered more insights about it from Proust than from anyone else I can name. Some parts have even served as a kind of therapy for various regrets I've harboured, and I feel stronger for having taken this journey with him.

My problem with ISOLT is its narrator. He's an unknown entity for the first half or two thirds, then comes into focus as an overbearingly jealous lover who at the same time is a philanderer - a terrible kind of hypocrite, in other words, who becomes impossible to respect unless he can demonstrate remorse after he learns his lesson. Instead he does no such thing, blaming his victim and carrying on with his ironclad selfishness, discarding his obsessive love after the fact like it was nothing, the same love that almost literally destroyed her. For all of his brilliant observation skills, I can't possibly like this guy.

The only slack I'll give him is the acknowledgement that he is a heterosexual who finds himself surrounded by homosexuality (an inversion of Proust's personal state and thus a way for the author to more safely explore and share the scenario with his readers). He is surprised at every turn by those whose true pleasure is revealed to be their own sex. Under these circumstances, his paranoia is arguably more rational and it could reflect Proust's personal frustrations: "Is that man attracted to me, or am I only mistaking him for a homosexual? Is he my lover by actual inclination, or only experimenting?" That would be difficult, especially in a culture where homosexuality remained largely underground. ISOLT is not on its surface sympathetic to homosexuality, but scratch just beyond that and it's clearly otherwise.
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Cecrow | outras 30 resenhas | Feb 11, 2024 |


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Lewis Galantière Introduction
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Harold Bloom Introduction
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Peter Collier Translator
Paolo Serini Translator
Rositsa Tasheva Translator
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Andrew Brown Translator
Louise Varèse Translator
Barbara Dupee Translator
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Harold Augenbraum Translator, Editor
Harry Levin Introduction
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