Proust's A la recherche as Intertext of Makine's Le Testament français
Modern Language Review, 100, (4), .
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When Andreï Makine won the Prix Goncourt and Prix Médicis in 1995 with Le Testament français, reviewers compared him to Proust. This article considers A la recherche as an intertext for Makine's novel, focusing particularly on the portrayal of the narrator-protagonist's literary vocation in each of the works. Through close analysis of superficially similar episodes, the article argues that Makine's actual message is very different from Proust's and that, like Proust rewriting his own models, Makine has created an A la recherche ‘d'une autre époque’, a work that distinguishes itself from its intertext by obvious references to it.
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