Catalogue Number: Y79-K5WK
- Author: Lorenza Foschini
- Format: Paperback
- Published: 03 November 2011
- Publisher: Granta Books
- ISBN: 9781846272721
Part literary mystery, part biography, part curiosity, here is the short, charming (and true) story of one man's obsession with Marcel Proust, and his decades-long quest to collect everything that once belonged to the writer - right down to his overcoat
The story of the overcoat begins with a chance meeting - between an obsessive bibliophile, Jacques Guerin, the head of a French perfume house, and his physician, Dr Robert Proust, brother of the late writer. Glimpsing the possibility of adding to his collection, Guerin stumbles into a tense and tangled relationship with the novelist's family who, embarrassed by Proust's writings and his homosexuality, are in the process of destroying the mountain of notebooks, letters and manuscripts they had inherited. Little by little, over decades, Guerin acquires Marcel's remaining personal effects, including - eventually - the relic he had come to covet more than any other: the moth-eaten otter-lined overcoat Proust had worn every day and used as a blanket every night while writing in bed. Like the novelist's second skin, this coat was as close as Guerin could ever come to touching Proust himself: it was the jewel of his collection.
- Total Pages: 144
- Genre: Biography: literary
- Secondary Genre: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
- Illustrations: Illustrations
LORENZA FOSCHINI is an Italian journalist, writer and television news anchorwoman, and a former Vatican correspondent. She is the author of Investigation at Millennium's End (Rizzoli), which won the Prix Scanno. Born in Naples, she lives in Rome.back to top
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