Eric Karpeles with Robert Hass - Almost Nothing & Lost Time (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with Robert Hass

During the Second World War, as a prisoner of war in a Soviet camp, and with nothing but memory to go on, the Polish artist and soldier Józef Czapski brought Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time to life for an audience of prison inmates. In a series of lectures, Czapski described the arc and import of Proust’s masterpiece, sketched major and minor characters in striking detail, and movingly evoked the work’s originality, depth, and beauty.

With Lost Time, Eric Karpeles has translated this brilliant and ­altogether unparalleled feat of the critical imagination into English for the first time, and in a thoughtful introduction he brings out how, in reckoning with Proust’s great meditation on memory, Czapski helped his fellow officers to remember that there was a world apart from the world of the camp. Proust had staked the art of the novelist against the losses of a lifetime and the imminence of death. Recalling that triumphant wager, unfolding, like Sheherazade, the intricacies of Proust’s world night after night, Czapski showed to men at the end of their tether that the past remained present and there was a future in which to hope.

Eric Karpeles, painter, writer and translator, is the author of Almost Nothing: The 20th Century Art and Life of Józef Czapski. His comprehensive guide, Paintings in Proust, considers the intersection of literary and visual aesthetics in the work of the great French novelist. He has written about the paintings of poet Elizabeth Bishop and about the end of life as seen through the works of Emily Dickinson, Gustav Mahler and Mark Rothko. Painter of the Sanctuary and the Mary and Laurance Rockefeller Chapel, he has also translated Lorenza Foschini's Proust's Overcoat. He lives in Northern California.

 

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Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp Cover Image
By Jozef Czapski, Eric Karpeles (Translated by), Eric Karpeles (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681372587
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Published: NYRB Classics - November 6th, 2018

The first translation of painter and writer Józef Czapski's inspiring lectures on Proust, first delivered in a prison camp in the Soviet Union during World War II.


Almost Nothing: The 20th-Century Art and Life of Józef Czapski Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781681372846
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Published: New York Review Books - November 6th, 2018

A compelling biography of the Polish painter and writer Józef Czapski that takes readers to Paris in the Roaring Twenties, to the front lines during WWII, and into the late 20th-century art world.


Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780500293423
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 19th, 2017

A visually stunning and surprisingly accessible book that brings out subtle facets of Proust’s masterpiece, as well as the artworks he cites. —Art in America