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The Rose Garden: Reading Marcel Proust

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Combining the genres of fiction, memoir, the familiar essay and theoretical speculation, The Rose Garden forms an unusual synthesis. The protagonist and narrator is a Canadian literary scholar on study leave in Germany. While there, her involvement with her books on the one hand and a love relationship on the other creates a surprising blend of life and fiction. Her readin ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Red Deer Press (first published 1996)
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Sirpa Grierson
Mar 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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This is one of my favorite books of all time. Very postmodern, it defies the idea of genre and deconstructs the idea of the novel. Memoirs, essay, and theory are held together by a wisp of story line about a Canadian woman, a writer and scholar, who reminisces about a year spent in a relationship in Trier, Germany, reading Proust. The garden as trope. . .

"But if you care about a book, you will be "reading" it in a very different way . . . the book as best friend . . . The book that holds the wo
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The author, a Icelandic-Canadian scholar and writer, Kristjana Gunnars wrote Night Train to Nykobing, a short novel that I read some time ago and loved for its lean, poetic prose, at once precise and elusive. She is ridiculously talented, a novelist, scholar, poet, translator, and painter. This slender novel takes place in 1992 in Germany during an academic research visit but what the narrator remembers of this recent trip is a rose garden where she read Proust and mused on her relationship with ...more
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