By Nina J P Evans

Friday, January 08, 2010

Every Reader Finds Himself

I have created a digital montage. It’s my interpretation using photographic imagery that I’ve recently taken. Layers are revealed and hidden, creating a sense of depth, wonder and meaning.

It originates from a book begun in 1909, À la recherche du temps perdu consists of seven volumes totalling around 3,200 pages (about 4,300 in The Modern Library's translation) and featuring more than 2,000 characters. Graham Greene called Proust the “greatest novelist of the 20th century,” and W. Somerset Maugham called the novel the “greatest fiction to date.” As quoted by Proust:
Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.

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