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La comtesse Greffulhe : L'ombre des Guermantes

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« Je n’ai jamais vu une femme aussi belle », écrit à son propos le jeune Marcel Proust. Véritable légende vivante dans le Paris incandescent de la Belle Époque, la comtesse Greffulhe, née Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay (1860-1952), ensorcela pendant plus d’un demi-siècle le Tout-Paris et le gotha européen avant de s’effacer des mémoires, dévorée par l’ombre des Guermantes qu’ ...more
Broché, 400 pages
Published October 15th 2014 by Flammarion
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Philippe Malzieu
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
The comtesse Greffulhe has inspired the character of the duchess of Guermantes in Proust. He considered her as the most beautiful woman that he never saw. She was intelligent and brave, but also scoffed by her husband. It's a good biography but I'm not fool of this kind of book. The interest of this one is a Proust'text never published before. It is a description of the comtesse's salon destinated to be published in "Figaro". She refused that and so the text stay unknown. It can be considered li ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This biography is original in that it doesn't follow the life of la comtesse Greffulhe but is divided into thematics : Music, Literature, the countess as an inspiration (among others) of Oriane de Guermantes in Proust's La Recherche.

The author manages to convey her admiration for an extraordinary character of the time who was extremely famous for more then 30 years and yet managed to more or less disappear from everyone's memory, being replaced by this Oriane de Guermantes written by Proust whom
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