Friday, June 27, 2014

Virginia Woolf on Proust
My great adventure is really Proust. ... I am in a state of amazement; as if a miracle were being done before my eyes. How, at last, has someone solidified what has always escaped – and made it too into this beautiful and perfectly enduring substance? One has to put the book down and gasp. The pleasure becomes physical – like sun and wine and grapes and perfect serenity and intense vitality combined. (Virginia Woolf, 1941, quoted in Leland de la Durantye, "Style Over Substance: Translating Proust," in Boston Review, 2014-06-16)

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