PROUST AS PHILOSOPHER
The Art of Metaphor

MIGUEL DE BEISTEGUI
136pp 2012 LIST PRICE: £29.99 (P) P654

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Proust's In Search of Lost Time has long fascinated philosophers for its complex accounts of time, personal identity and narrative. De Beistegui observes that throughout Proust’s masterpiece the two main characters are prone to chronic dissatisfaction in matters of love, friendship and even art. Reality always falls short of expectation. At the same time, the narrator experiences unexpected bouts of intense elation, the cause and meaning of which remain elusive. The author argues we should understand these experiences as acts of artistic creation, and that this is why Proust himself wrote that true life is the life of art. He concludes that Proust revolutionises the idea of metaphor, extending beyond the confines of language to understand the nature of lived, bodily experience.

. . . sends the reader back, with renewed wonder, to Proust's giant and magnificent novel. INDEPENDENT SCHOLAR