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Proust and Signs: The Complete Text

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The essential work on Proust, in a complete English translation for the first time.

What is the nature of the search in A la recherche du temps perdu ?It is not quite so simple as the English rendering of the title of Proust's masterpiece: In Search of Lost Time. In a remarkable instance of literary and philosophical interpretation, the incomparable Gilles Deleuze reads Pro
Hardcover, 188 pages
Published July 31st 2000 by University of Minnesota Press (first published 1964)
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Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
it's like Proustian tarot.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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:از مقدمه
ژیل دولوز (یا دلوز) فیلسوف فرانسوی، آثار متعددی در زمینه فلسفه، ادبیات و هنر به رشته تحریر در آورده است. او در فلسفه خود را پیرو سپینوزا، لایبنیتز، نیچه و برگسون میدانست و در زمینه ادبیات و نقد ادبی نیز از آثار مارسل پروست، آرتو، بلانشو و لویس کارول شدیدا متأثر بود. به دلیل همین شیفتگی، دولوز دو اثر ارزشمند خود را به تجزیه و تحلیل اثار و ا

I found this book absolutely brilliant. A couple highlights from it: "It may be that friendship is nourished on observation and conversation, but love is born from and nourished on silent interpretation". (ch. 1) "Then, thanks to intelligence, we discover what we could not know at the start: that we were already apprenticed to signs when we supposed we were wasting our time. We realize that our idle life was indissociable from our work: 'My whole life...a vocation'." (ch. 2) "Each line of appren ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A deep semiotic reading of Proust's In Search of Lost Time and a Deleuzian odyssey of the mind. Deleuze's profound reading of the network of signs appearing in Proust serves as merely a backdrop to work through some heavy-duty aesthetic theory, such as the concept of literary work as sign-producing machine. I'm barely scratching the surface when I say that Deleuze's exploration of signs in Proust contains some of the most incredible metaphysical ponderings I've ever read.

"To claim that Proust ha
Adriana Scarpin
Sem dúvida um trabalho de elucidação excelente por parte de Deleuze, mas Em Busca do Tempo Perdido é tão obra prima que basta a si mesmo e qualquer tentativa teórico-filosófica de colocá-lo em perspectiva não passará de redundância.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Proust et les signes, Gilles Deleuze
عنوان: مارسل پروست و نشانهها؛ نویسنده: ژیل دولوز؛ مترجم: الله شکر اسداللهی تجرق؛ ویرایش: فرزان سجودی؛ تهران، نشر علم، 1389، در 273 ص، شابک: 9789642242078؛ موضوع: نشانه شناسی و زبان شناسی
Abdullah Başaran
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Instead of drawing a conclusion, in my reading of Deleuze's work on Proust, I will raise a question here. With Roland Barthes's the idea of the death of the author, we should say the Narrator, Marcel, cannot be Proust himself. Proust, as the author, is dead after he finished the text. Yet Deleuze, like the other writers who wrote on Proust, is not that far from from the overinterpretation of reading Proust. Deleuze applies the Narrator, Marcel is Proust himself; the author merges the hero. This ...more
vi macdonald
To say this beats the everloving crap out of the nonsense Alain de Botton wrote on Proust would be among the bigger understatements I unleash this year.
Nathaniel Perrin
No single writer is more important to the rise of French postmodernity than Marcel Proust, and this is evident in how he has been the subject of philosophical analyses by Derrida, Kristeva, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze.

While I think this is an excellent and imaginative reading of the metaphysics underlying Recherche, this isn't a book that should be read for the sake of understanding Proust. This is not a work where Deleuze helps you understand Proust; it is a work where Proust helps you un
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Se appartenete alla fastidiosa consorteria di quelli che hanno vissuto dentro la Recherche, questo libro vi aiuterà a capire come e perchè a decenni di distanza abbiate ancora qualche difficoltà a credere di non essere stati innamorati di Albertine e perchè consideriate con un po' di condiscendenza qualunque scrittore non sia il Creatore Marcel Proust. Richiede concentrazione.
Billy Dean
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a book to finish on Deleuze's birthday! I wish I had read this long, long ago. I put it off because I was afraid that I wasn't familiar enough with Proust to understand it. P&S is indispensable for understanding Difference and Repetition, and very helpful in tracing some of the problems and concepts that would preoccupy Deleuze throughout his career.
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Not the easiest of reads (and this is supposed to be one of Deleuze's more 'accessible' works), but I totally dug this guy's thought process.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Life isn't much on it's own. As someone who, when listening to someone talk about how great it is to be in the wilderness, to walk in the woods, to "commune" with nature, nearly gags, I was sympathetic to Deleuze's notion of art here. And that is mainly what this book is. Known for his "philosophical buggering" in which he, like Heidegger before him, critically, deeply engages the work of another in order to form them into a sort of dark precursor for himself, Deleuze has turned Proust into a ph ...more
Wayne Brooks
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Proust and Signs, the Art of Art

What is your passion? If you are a lover, it is your beloved--if you are a philosopher, perhaps it is Sophia (σοφία, Greek for "wisdom"). " Life is trouble, take off your belt and look for it" says Zorba the Greek. Deleuze borrows Proust's work of art, "In Search of Time," to explicate the great problematic of Love as being the same problem as philosophy and the great Search not just for time, but for truth itself.
The premise of Proust's, surprisingly embraced by
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
"To fall in love is to individualize someone by the signs he bears or emits. It is to become sensitive to these signs, to undergo an apprenticeship to them (thus the slow individualization of Albertine in the group of young girls). It may be that friendship is nourished on observation and conversation, but love is born from and nourished on silent interpretation. The beloved appears as a sign, a “soul”; the beloved expresses a possible world unknown to us, implying, enveloping, imprisoning a wor ...more
keske Proust'un tum kitaplarini okuduktan sonra okusaydim.
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when I thought I had learned all there is to learn about semiotics, along came Deleuze. No other book on Proust, on art and literature has made me challenge the way I understand the complex network of signs, and pushed me far back into the recesses of thought where the reader, like the letter, is effaced. Deleuze notes that it is always with a certain kind of violence that we arrive at a deeper judgement and recognition of things, and this is what precisely what it felt to read the book: an ...more
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've only recently read this book, after working through much of the later work by Deleuze (and Guattari), but I would now recommend this one in particular as an introduction to Deleuze's work. It's very smooth and "calm," and while I actually think certain sections from A Thousand Plateaus are still the best way to jump in with his/their work, this one may be less intimidating for some.

Nice read, a bit pessimistic on friendship and a bit optimistic on art, but overall very good.
Jan 26, 2016 added it
"l'amour ne cesse de préparer sa propre disparition, de mimer sa rupture. Il en est de l'amour comme de la mort, quand nous imaginons que nous serons encore assez vivants pour voir la tête que feront ceux qui nous auront perdu. De même nous imaginons que nous serons encore assez amoureux pour jouir des regrets de celui que nous aurons cessé d'aimer."
Seán Hudson
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book that made me love philosophy, and that made me realise philosophy could be like love - a sudden violence that forces thought upon us, rather than the benevolent musings of a pipe-smoking beard-stroker as he charts methodologies from his armchair by the fire. A wonderful little book, an impulse towards art and life.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Heavy lifting but somehow not...I read this after Joshua Landy's somewhat ponderous desiccation of Proust and I feel like my favorite author has been given back to me somehow, returned to his originality or something. (ut ut ut ut)
Gary Norris
Dec 19, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i want this
Apr 06, 2008 added it
Yeah Proust!
Erdem Tasdelen
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Three Machines" is especially good.
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Deleuze is a key figure in postmodern French philosophy. Considering himself an empiricist and a vitalist, his body of work, which rests upon concepts such as multiplicity, constructivism, difference and desire, stands at a substantial remove from the main traditions of 20th century Continental thought. His thought locates him as an influential figure in present-day considerations of society, crea ...more
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