Proust and Venice (Signed copy)
Signed by Peter Collier to poet and Cambridge academic, Alan Bates
First edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 22.5 × 14cm, 185pp.
Inscribed by the author (Peter Collier, Proust scholar) to Alan Bates, a poet and English academic at Cambridge. The inscription reads "for Alan Bates, 'l'histoire d'une de mes folies', Peter Collier."
Proust's famous novel A la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past) is a fascinating exploration not only of memory and desire, of high society and everyday life, but also of art. This study focuses on Venice, one of the hero's central obsessions, and shows how a whole network of allusions to art (from Titian to Turner, from Ruskin to Emile Mâle, from Giotto to Bellini, from Byzantine mosaic to the dresses designed by Fortuny after paintings by Carpaccio) ties in with the hero's quest for self-knowledge and self-fulfilment. Peter Collier demonstrates how an understanding of the writer's artistic sources and reworkings can shed light both on Proust's complex prose style and on the aesthetic theory proposed by his novel. Most importantly, Venice and Italian art provide a new key to the central themes of the novel: memory and desire.
This copy is in very good condition.
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