In the Absence of Men (2003 Edition)

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Few established novelists would dare write a novel in which Marcel Proust appears as a character. Fewer still would dare to invent love letters written by Proust to a sixteen-year old boy. For a first-time novelist to set himself this challenge and succeed is remarkable. Paris 1916: Vincent is sixteen. He explores his sexuality in a relationship with the soldier son of one of his parents' servants, who subsequently dies on the battlefront. Then he develops a platonic friendship with the middle-aged Jewish writer, Proust. This remarkable novel does for Proust what Michael Cunningham's The Hours did to Virginia Woolf.

Paperback, 166 Pages, Orig. Publ. 2001, This Ed. Publ. 2003

Author: Philippe Besson

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