"e;Proustiennes "e;follows Erik Satie's "e;Gnossiennes"e; brief, deft explorations of a theme. Jean Fremon traces Marcel Proust's influence through hawthorns, soirees, and clairvoyance to attitudes on closure, bringing the fin-de-siecle world of Paris's "e;belle epoque "e;into conversation with today.
From "e;Other and Same"e;:
"e;"e;Was it because, having already seen white hawthorn, the sight of a pink hawthorn with blossoms that were multiple rather than singular gave him the simultaneous sense of analogy and difference, both of which have so much power over our minds?"e; wonders Jean Santeuil, looking for a reason for why he prefers the pink hawthorn to every other flower."e;
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"e;Between these two poles, stretched tight, is fiction. Musil's narrative framework is a net under the feet of that aerialist of thought who successively lets go and grabs hold of the notions which, like heaven-sent trapezes, present themselves to him one after the other, while he measures with irony the gulf that separates the past moment from the future one."e;
"e;census of eventualities
general examination of possibilities"e;
Jean Fremon is the author of over twenty works of poetry, fiction, and essay."e; The Island of the Dead "e;won the 2004 PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. He lives and works in Paris.
A three-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, Brian Evenson is the author of "e;Last Days,"e; which won the ALA award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. He teaches at Cal Arts."e;