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Proust's "A la recherche" as Intertext of Makine's "Le Testament français"

Ian McCall
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 100, No. 4 (Oct., 2005), pp. 971-984
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3737720
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Proust's "A la recherche" as Intertext of Makine's "Le Testament français"
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Abstract

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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