Sunday, January 11, 2009

Photography In Proust

My mother's Brownie Camera.

Happy New Year or Bonne Annee! Whatever. Forgive for the missing accents. Tooooo lazy.

I've been reading Photography in Proust, a little gem of a book, which I've almost finished. The author, who was a contemporary of Proust, has a lot of interesting things to say about Proust's work, not only Lost Time but other writings.

He makes his point about Proust using photographic techniques and even incorporating photography into his writing to a degree that was unusual at that time.

My mother, who grew up in a small Kansas town in the twenties, always had a Brownie camera, and photographed her friends endlessly. The town of Newton, KS has several excellent photographers who did portraiture. I'm always amazed when I get out those old photos.

The point is that the author is not exaggerating Proust's or the public's interest in photography. Of course Proust was obsessed with all the arts: music and painting above all.

Can't wait to finish the book and get back to Proust, whom I did not finish before 2009. Just have to get beyond The Guermantes Way, my bete noire, as it were.

My bad!

The other Odette


Story teller said...

I am getting worked up about Swann's way. I can't wait to finish Don Quixote and start Proust. I am very pleased that I chose to read Cervantes before Proust.I have come to enjoy the transitions between books as much as if not more than the book itself. Whom would you recomend after Proust.

Grapeshot/Odette said...

If you read All Of Proust, you will need a little break to read something lighter. If you just read Swann's Way, then may I suggest starting on James Joyce with the short stories, and Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man.

Have you read Toni Morrison's "Beloved"? I recently read "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen and thought it was excellent.

Good luck with Proust!