In Search of Lost Time; Volume 1: The Way by Swanns (Books 1 & 2): Marcel Proust

Translated from French by C. K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin Marcel Proust had always struck me as the quintessential snob’s choice; pretentious, devoid of action and inundating readers with impenetrable vocab. All of these concerns proved spot-on as I laboured my way through endless sentences disturbed by commas almost at every other word, sometimes …

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The Woman in the Dunes: Kobo Abe

Review by Benedict Craven Translated from Japanese by E. Dale Saunders I recently put down Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes after three intense reading sessions. It is not an especially long book but for me this signified a new record in reading determination, though it didn’t feel so. The reason being I was …

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