Proust’s letters to the neighbor. Unexpected sensation 25/01/2018 automatic translate
ST. PETERSBURG. The publishing house "Limbus Press" published a book by Marcel Proust "Letters to a neighbor".
The first private publishing house of the Northern Capital, Limbus Press, this year celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. All these years it acquaints readers with the best examples of intellectual literature. "Letters to a neighbor" (Lettres à sa voisine) by Marcel Proust, a French contemporary writer, is one of them.
The writer moved to house 102 on Boulevard Haussmann near the Saint-Lazare metro station in December 1906. He had to face in everyday life the same problems as ordinary people. The dusty apartment with poor sound insulation, in which his uncle used to live, was not very suitable for Asthma and "noise phobia" Proust. To make it more comfortable for living, had to trim the walls absorbing the noise of bark cork oak.
His neighbors were the American dentist and his French wife Marie Williams. The existence of correspondence with this family is one of the recent sensations. Last year it was translated into English by Lydia Davis (Lydia Davis) and published by one of the London publishers. In January 2018, she saw the light and in Russian.
The answers to the charming Madame Williams are not preserved, but the twenty-six messages of Proust himself testify to the warm and friendly feelings that these people felt for each other. The first letters - expressed in a delicate and ironic manner, to minimize the constant noise intervention: the rumble of repair, the sounds of harp and piano, the calls of patients of the dentist’s neighbor who made a mistake with the door. The degree of affection and sympathy with each subsequent message increases. This book is a great opportunity to get acquainted with Proust-man, and after learning better and Proust-writer. According to Alexander Genis, the great Frenchman is still underestimated by the reading public in Russia, for her he is an "ivory tower" unlike Kafka or Joyce.