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Book Title: Eine Liebe Swanns|
The author of the book: Marcel Proust
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 760 KB
Edition: Süddeutsche Zeitung Bibliothek
Date of issue: December 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9783937793467
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[A bar in Elsinore. HAMLET is slumped in front of a large collection of empty glasses]
O, that this too too solid flesh would melt
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd
His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!
How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Fie on't! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden,
That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature
Possess it merely. That it should come to this!
[SWANN has entered]
Ifaith, I guessed 'twere so.
C'est curieux! Pourquoi je parle anglais?
[turning back to HAMLET]
Well coz. Why don't you tell me more?
Ophelia, that stupid, wanton bitch.
Why did she let me shag her? Why? Why? Why?
They're often like that, friend. Boy, I should know.
I've got one of my own. Her name's Odette.
Yeah, too damn right she is.
Lesbian tendencies and all that crap.
It makes me bleeding sick to think on it.
I'm sorry, Swann. Hey, have another drink.
I thank you kindly. Here's to manly love.
What is there to be done? Nothing, I fear.
Well, I must off. I have a date with Death.
Me too! A shame we did not meet before.
We have a lot in common, I would say.
Too bad. Oh well, let's have one for the road.
And then depart.
[They down their drinks and make to leave]
But wait! Who's won the bout?
It matters not. Why don't we toss a coin?
[He notices ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN at a nearby table. There is a coin on it]
Good fellows, may I borrow that a sec?
Sounds fine to me. Alright: you toss, I'll call.
[SWANN tosses the coin. ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN frantically mime to HAMLET that he should call heads, but HAMLET doesn't notice.]
Tails! Oh, it's heads. Okay, I'll go die first.
Ah, best of luck in this sad vale of tears.
[He clasps SWANN's hand and exits right. ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN run after him. SWANN is left standing alone]
I've had enough of this unholy mess.
Well, guess I'll say adieu to the Duchesse.
[He exits left. The BARTENDER arrives and begins collecting their empty glasses]
Read information about the authorFrench novelist, best known for his 3000 page masterpiece À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time), a pseudo-autobiographical novel told mostly in a stream-of-consciousness style. Born in the first year of the Third Republic, the young Marcel, like his narrator, was a delicate child from a bourgeois family. He was active in Parisian high society during the 80s and 90s, welcomed in the most fashionable and exclusive salons of his day. However, his position there was also one of an outsider, due to his Jewishness and homosexuality. Towards the end of 1890s Proust began to withdraw more and more from society, and although he was never entirely reclusive, as is sometimes made out, he lapsed more completely into his lifelong tendency to sleep during the day and work at night. He was also plagued with severe asthma, which had troubled him intermittently since childhood, and a terror of his own death, especially in case it should come before his novel had been completed. The first volume, after some difficulty finding a publisher, came out in 1913, and Proust continued to work with an almost inhuman dedication on his masterpiece right up until his death in 1922, at the age of 51.
Today he is widely recognised as one of the greatest authors of the 20th Century, and À la recherche du temps perdu as one of the most dazzling and significant works of literature to be written in modern times.
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