proust as character

“Believe it or not, Philippe Besson’s In the Absence of Men, a short novel in the terse style of the late Marguerite Duras, has Marcel Proust as the father of an illegitimate son born to a prostitute in the first year of the 20th century. The son, now a French soldier on a short leave from fighting in World War I, is passionately in love with the narrator, a 16-year-old boy named Vincent, who returns the soldier’s lust and then, after a very sexy week, believes him to be the love of his life.” Read Rick Whitaker’s review of In the Absence of Men in the Washington Post. Hint: He didn’t like it.

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2 Responses to “proust as character”

  1. salvatore Says:

    Allah will protect the innocent people of Iraq and Allah will not spare the enemy.

  2. moorishgirl Says:

    Er…Ok…but what does that have to do with Proust? I’m starting to wonder if my comments script isn’t working or if people are just posting under the wrong topics…

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