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Proust's Overcoat: The True Story of One Man's Passion for All Things Proust
 
 
Author
Lorenza Foschini. Eric Karpeles, trans.
Publisher Ecco  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.55 inches
ISBN 9780061965678
Pages/Publication Date 128/2010
Daedalus Item Code 22321
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Imagine owning something personal that had once belonged to your literary hero. Although Jacques Guérin was a prominent businessman at the head of his family's successful perfume company, his real passion was for rare books and literary manuscripts. From the time he was a young man, he frequented the antiquarian bookshops of Paris in search of lost, forgotten treasures. The ultimate prize? Anything from the hands of Marcel Proust. When illness brought him by chance under the care of Marcel's brother Robert, Guérin saw a remarkable opportunity. Shamed by Marcel's extravagant writings, embarrassed by his homosexuality, and offended by his disregard for bourgeois respectability, his family had begun to destroy and sell their inheritance of his notebooks, letters, manuscripts, furniture and personal effects. Horrified by the destruction, Guérin ingratiated himself with Marcel's heirs, placating them with cash and kindness in exchange for the writer's priceless, rare material effects. And after years of relentless persuasion, Guérin was at last rewarded with a highly personal prize, a relic he treasured to the end of his long life: Proust's overcoat. Italian journalist Lorenza Foschini tells a compelling tale of literary lost and found, full of intriguing and unforgettable characters.

"A rare and wonderfully written book of literary detection that is heartbreaking as well as thrilling, about the 'afterlife' of a writer's manuscript and the things he carried."—Michael Ondaatje

 
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