Proust again!

The Edifice (cc John Haynes)

My dear friend Kit has another extraordinary book on Proust coming out in 2022: Living and Dying with Marcel Proust.

I meditate on the breath and try to let go of thought but if ever there was a thought not to be banished it is Proust's observation from La Recherche:

‘But, when nothing subsists of a distant past, after the death of people, after the destruction of things, alone, frailer but more enduring, more immaterial, more persistent, more faithful, smell and taste still remain for a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, on the ruin of all the rest, bearing without giving way, on their almost impalpable droplet, the immense edifice of memory’.

Hilary Mantel and Jane Haynes in conversation Autumn 2009 (left) & BBC - Podcasts - Start the Week with Andrew Marr (right)


Vogue Magazine

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