Proust, Nabokov and Knausgard

“For the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then it stops.”

Knausgard

Knausgard has by some, including himself, been associated with Proust. However I think Nabokov is more of a relevant parallell. Heidegger, who is all over My Struggle, is also in Nabokov with the author’s clear writing of the individual objectivity in things in themselves. Read these random quotes and see for your self:

“Happy is the novelist who manages to preserve an actual love letter that he received when he was young within a work of fiction, embedded in it like a clean bullet in flabby flesh and quite secure there, among spurious lives.”

Vladimir Nabokov

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“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.”

Marcel Proust 

 

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