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To mark the centenary of In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust’s most emblematic novel, we offer you seven recitals (one for each of the seven volumes that make up the work) based on Josep Maria Pinto’s translation and selection of texts. The sessions will feature Clàudia Benito, Jordi Boixaderas, Mario Gas and Emma Vilarasau, directed by Jordi Bosch, and accompanied by piano and violin.
Proust’s novel was written between 1908 and 1922, and with James Joyce’s Ulysses, was the cornerstone of the new narrative of the twentieth century, and irreversibly transformed the way time and space are narrated.
You can also attend in person at the Espai Lliure the seven performances of this show on the first day of broadcast.
In a Paris ravaged by the First World War, the narrator of the novel understands how he can regain past time
After a long stay in a sanatorium, the narrator returns to Paris and finds a city that is subject to the war, and which is subject to blackouts at night. He meets the Baron de Charlus by chance on a night-time stroll, and has a long conversation with him. After saying goodbye, he ends up in what he thinks is a hotel, and is actually a male brothel. There he secretly sees Charlus being beaten and chained.
After the war, at a party at the home of the Prince of Guermantes, the narrator once again meets many of the characters he met in earlier decades, who are now very old. The passage of time is therefore embodied in the physical changes that have taken place in the men and women that he used to socialise with. There he experiences a revelation: as in former times the taste of a madeleine cake took him back to his childhood, now a cobblestone in the Guermantes palace reminds him of another moment in his past, which is closer at hand. He then realises that he can summon those tunnels of memory that take him back to relive the past, and that the best way to rediscover this past is to recreate it through literature which in short will be "life truly lived". That is the way to regain lost time.
PIANO AND VIOLIN
Students from ESMUC
TRANSLATION FROM FRENCH AND TEXTS SELECTION
Josep M. Pinto