Colm Tóibín on Proust

Tóibín visits the Marcel Proust and Swann’s Way: 100th Anniversary exhibition
Marcel Proust (1871-1922) Cahier 12, 1909, NAF 16652 Bibliotheque nationale de France (BnF), Paris, France, © BnF, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais.
From Colm Tóibín in the New York Review of Books (link via 3:AM Magazine): ‘A specter haunts the exhibition of Proust’s notebooks, manuscripts, and correspondence currently running at the Morgan Library. It is the specter of Proust’s mother. As you move from left to right in the room, the photograph of maman with her two sons, which appears first, sends a shiver down your spine. Mme Proust is seated, looking to the left, while her sons, young men in their twenties, stand on either side of her. They are beautifully dressed and have a look in their eyes that suggests the boulevard and the salon. There is something feline and sleek about the pair of them.’ [Read More]

Marcel Proust and Swann’s Way: 100th Anniversary is on view at The Morgan Library & Museum through 28 April 2013.

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