Chasing Lost Time: The Life Of C.k. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy And Translator by Jean FindlayChasing Lost Time: The Life Of C.k. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy And Translator by Jean Findlay

Chasing Lost Time: The Life Of C.k. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy And Translator

byJean Findlay

Paperback | September 22, 2015

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The first ever biography of the man who made Proust a legend, his celebrated translator, C.K. Scott Moncrieff.
     C. K. Scott Moncrieff's celebrated translation of Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu was first published in 1922 and was a work which would exhaust and consume the translator, leading to his early death at the age of just forty. Joseph Conrad told him, 'I was more interested and fascinated by your rendering than by Proust's creation': some literary figures even felt it was an improvement on the original.
     From the outside an enigma, Scott Moncrieff left a trail of writings that describe a man expert at living a paradoxical life: fervent Catholic convert and homosexual, gregarious party-goer and deeply lonely, interwar spy in Mussolini's Italy and public man of letters -- a man for whom honour was the most abiding principle. He was a decorated war hero, and his letters home are an unusually light take on day-to-day life on the front. Described as 'offensively brave', he was severely injured in 1917 and, convalescing in London, became a lynchpin of literary society -- friends with Robert Graves and Noel Coward, enemies with Siegfried Sassoon and in love with Wilfred Owen.
     Written by Scott Moncrieff's great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, with exclusive access to the family archive, Chasing Lost Time is a portrait of a man hurled into war, through an era when the world was changing fast and forever, who brought us the greatest epic of time and memory that has ever been written.
JEAN FINDLAY was born in Edinburgh and studied Law and French at Edinburgh University, then theatre in Cracow with Tadeusz Kantor. She ran a theatre company, writing and producing plays in Berlin, Bonn, Dublin, Rotterdam, and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. She has written for the Scotsman, the Independent, Time Out and Performance magaz...
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Title:Chasing Lost Time: The Life Of C.k. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy And TranslatorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 7.78 × 5.08 × 0.93 inPublished:September 22, 2015Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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