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By Marcel Proust, Charlotte Mandell

Their buddy Marcel Proust had killed himself after the autumn in diamond stocks, a cave in that annihilated part of his fortune.

This is the first-ever translation into English of this startling tour-de-force through one of many 20th century’s maximum writers.

The Lemoine Affair was encouraged by means of the real-life French scandal concerning Henri Lemoine, who claimed he may possibly manufacture diamonds from coal and confident a number of people—including officials of the De Beers diamond mine corporation and Proust himself—to put money into the scheme. In a sequence of pastiches—imitations written within the form of different writers—Proust tells the tale of the embarrassment rippling throughout excessive society Paris within the wake of the scandal, poking enjoyable at himself (in one tale, a personality announces that Marcel Proust is so embarrassed he’s suicidal) whereas lampooning a few of France’s maximum writers, together with Flaubert, Balzac, and Saint-Simon.

jam-packed with subtle wit and mind-blowing wordplay, and rife with allusions to his buddy and fictional characters, many Proust students see the dead-on mimicry of The Lemoine Affair—written quickly after Proust’s rejection of society life—as the paintings through which he honed his personal distinct, masterly voice.

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This nickname of “the Elder” could have been given him to differentiate him from one other Coquelin, an esteemed actor, referred to as Coquelin the more youthful, with no our with the ability to become aware of even if there has been in truth an exact distinction in age among them. it kind of feels they only desired to use that way to honor the space that also existed at the moment among the actor and the baby-kisser, the guy who had played civic obligations. maybe they with ease desired to keep away from any confusion at the electoral lists. … A society the place attractive girls, the place noblemen of excessive beginning, embellish their our bodies with genuine diamonds is condemned to irremediable coarseness. The worldly guy, the guy for whom the dry rationality, the completely superficial brilliance supplied by way of classical schooling, are sufficient, may enjoy it. really natural souls, minds passionately hooked up to the nice and the genuine, could event an insufferable sensation of suffocation in any such society. Such customs may possibly exist some time past. we won't see them back. in the course of Lemoine’s time, in response to all appearances, they'd in the past develop into out of date. The uninteresting choice of unbelievable tales which bears the identify The Human Comedy by way of Balzac could be the paintings neither of 1 unmarried guy nor of 1 unmarried period. but his nonetheless unshaped kind, his rules all marked via an old school absolutism, let us position its e-book a minimum of centuries prior to Voltaire. despite the fact that, Mme de Beauséant, who, in those insipidly dry fictions, personifies the superbly unusual girl, already indicates scorn for the other halves of nouveau riche businessmen showing in public decorated with beneficial stones. it really is possible that during Lemoine’s day a lady worried to delight used to be content material so as to add a few leaves to her hair the place a few dewdrop nonetheless trembled, as gleaming because the rarest diamond. within the cento of disparate poems entitled Songs of the Streets and the Woods, that's quite often attributed to Victor Hugo, even though it is perhaps a bit later than that, the phrases “diamonds” and “pearls” are used indiscriminately to painting the glittering of drops of water gushing from a murmuring spring, occasionally from an easy bathe. In a type of erotic little romance that recollects the music of Songs, the bride says in such a lot of phrases to the Husband that she desires no different diamonds than the drops of dew. most likely it's a query right here of a ordinarily authorized customized, now not of someone choice. This final speculation is, in addition, excluded upfront via the right banality of those little items which were ascribed to the identify of Hugo through advantage doubtless of an analogous wish for exposure that should have made Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) choose to beautify his non secular maxims with the revered identify of Solomon, who was once a lot trendy at the moment. furthermore, in the event that they discover the next day to come the way to make a diamond, i'll surely be one of many least most likely humans to connect a lot significance to it. That has much to do with my schooling. I had scarcely reached the age of 40, while on the public conferences of the Society of Jewish experiences, I met many of the humans prone to be strongly inspired by means of information of this type of discovery.

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