Proustian Uncertainties: On Reading and Rereading in Search of Lost Time

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5.0 X 7.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
Saul Friedländer is an award-winning Israeli-American historian and currently a professor of history (emeritus) at UCLA. He was born in Prague to a family of German-speaking Jews, grew up in France, and lived in hiding during the German occupation of 1940-1944. His historical works have received great praise and recognition, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945.
"[A] haunting work...Friedländer has always imbued his scholarship with an acute literary sensibility...incisive and quizzical...[an] intimate and subtle book." --Wall Street Journal

"The pleasure of [Proustian Uncertainties] comes from...the author unspooling thoughts and venturing theories collected over many years about a book he clearly loves...By taking a bird's-eye view of the novel, Friedländer notices continuities and contradictions that are hard to see from within the teeming thickets of Proust's prose." --Harper's

"Refreshingly different...Friedländer reads In Search of Lost Time very much against the grain, alert not only to the pleasures of its prose and its psychological acuities and metaphysical masteries, but even more so to its many contradictions and moral ambiguities." --Bookforum

"[A] superb new book...Friedländer, the great historian of Nazi Germany and the Jews and also the author of his own Proustian memoir, When Memory Comes, argues that Proust's narrator is a 'disembodied presence unlike that in any novel before, ' and that it's the relation of that presence to Proust himself that makes the Recherche, with its biting social satire, so unique." --Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year

"[A] brilliant extended essay...though richly documented, it maintains a genial, pleasingly conversational tone throughout...refreshing to Proust, [Friedländer] is a navigator of memory." --New Criterion

"[An] excellent volume about In Search of Lost Time and Proust himself." --Literary Hub

"[Friedländer] explores Proust's questioning of his Jewish identity and his sexuality, the overwhelming presence of the mother in the narrator's imagination, and the complex figure and function of the novel's narrator, beautifully delving into 'the iridescence of all things, ' and illuminating 'the evocative power of sensation.' Packed with critical energy and shrewd insights, there is sheer joy in this rereading of Proust's narrative, inviting the reader to discover In Search of Lost Time on their own terms. With Professor Friedländer as a passionate and learned guide, new and returning readers will get to experience Proust's mind-expanding 'sensual mode of remembrance' for themselves." --Jewish Book Council

"[Friedländer] meditates on the 'extraordinary pull' and hidden depths of Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu in this intriguing extended essay...Proust fans will enjoy these appreciative, personal peregrinations through 'one of the most important novels ever written.'" --Publishers Weekly

"[A] thought-provoking examination...[Friedländer] is a wise, enthusiastic guide to Proust." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fascinating...a short but very intelligent book for people who cannot get enough of the endless points at which Proust's novel and his life touched one another." --Gay & Lesbian Review

"[Friedländer] patiently and perceptively put[s] the reader into the historical context of Proust's story...readers can only be glad that the powerful analytical eye of a great Jewish historian has been turned to the novelist's immortal masterpiece." --Forward

"[A] personal and idiosyncratic reading of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time...impressive and will certainly draw in a curious literary readership." --Library Journal

"Saul Friedländer, whose work on memory has played a critical role in filling in the lacunae of recorded history, has turned his lens on the uses of memory in Proust's extraordinary record of time in books that remain timeless." --Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World