Can You Ever Really Read Proust? ; How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard, Trans Jeffrey Mehlman (Granta, Pounds 12)
Sexton, David, The Evening Standard (London, England)
HAVE I read this book? Sort of. Pierre Bayard is a Professor of French Literature in Paris and a Lacanian analyst who has written many paradoxical works of criticism, about subjects such as digression in Proust, the use of literature in psychoanalysis, the dialogue of the deaf that critics have conducted about Hamlet, and working out Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? He likes to promote "le delire d'interpretation", the idea that there can never be any end to the different readings of any book.
Comment parler des livres que l'on n'a pas lus? was published at the start of the year in France and has been a huge success there. Now it's been translated without the question …
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Publication information: Article title: Can You Ever Really Read Proust? ; How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard, Trans Jeffrey Mehlman (Granta, Pounds 12). Contributors: Sexton, David - Author. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: December 1, 2007. Page number: 39. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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