"Sodom and Gomorrah" opens a new phase of "In Search of Lost Time." While watching the pollination of the Duchess de Guer-mantes's orchid, the narrator secretly observes a sexual encounter between two men. Flower and plant have no conscious will, Samuel Beckett wrote of Proust's representation of sexuality. They are shameless, exposing their genitals. And so in a sense are Proust's men and women . . . shameless. There is no question of right and wrong.
For this authoritative English-language edition, D. J. Enright has revised the late Terence Kilmartin's acclaimed reworking of C. K. Scott Moncrieff's translation to take into account the new definitive French editions of "A la recherche du temps perdu" (the final volume of these new editions was published by the Bibliotheque de la Pleiade in 1989).
About the Author
Marcel Proust (1871 1922) was a French novelist, essayist, and critic, most famous for his autobiographical series of novels, In Search of Lost Time.
Richard Howard is one of our greatest living poets and translators. He has won the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur "genius" grant. His translation of Stendhal's The Charterhouse Of Parma for the Modern Library was a national bestseller. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York.
“The thing about Proust is his combination of the utmost sensibility with the utmost tenacity. He searches out these butterfly shades to the last grain.”—Virginia Woolf