In Search of Lost Time Volume 4: Sodom And Gomorrah

Novel, Autobiographical novel by Marcel Proust


Sodom and Gomorrah opens a new phase of In Search of Lost Time. While watching the pollination of the Duchess de Guermantesâs orchid, the narrator secretly observes a sexual encounter between two men. âFlower and plant have no conscious will,â Samuel Beckett wrote of Proustâs representation of sexuality. âThey are shameless, exposing their genitals. And so in a sense are Proustâs men and women . . . shameless. There is no question of right and wrong.â

For this authoritative English-language edition, D. J. Enright has revised the late Terence Kilmartinâs acclaimed reworking of C. K. Scott Moncrieffâs translation to take into account the new definitive French editions of à la recherché du temps perdu (the final volume of these new editions was published by the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade in 1989).

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