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By Lorenza Foschini

“A infrequent and fantastically written e-book of literary detection that's heartbreaking in addition to thrilling.”
—Michael Ondaatje, writer of The English Patient


In the culture of Simon Winchester’s The Professor and the Madman comes Proust’s Overcoat via Lorenza Foschini—the charming, perpetually interesting tale of a collector’s obsessive look for the non-public results of mythical writer Marcel Proust. This attention-grabbing actual tale introduces readers to a very pleasant character—Jacques Guérin, proprietor of a fragrance corporation in France—and enthralls them together with his relentless lifelong pursuit of all issues Proustian, even the author’s so much mundane possessions.

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Guérin looked him over again with a certain disdain, then questioned him as to how he came to have Proust’s furniture to sell, clearly suspicious of the means by which this fellow came into possession of such things. Werner told him that Dr. Proust had inherited Marcel’s furniture when his brother died. When the doctor died a few weeks ago, his wife had made the decision to vacate her apartment immediately. Their daughter, Suzy, removed the majority of furniture and other effects that once belonged to her uncle Marcel, but she left behind his desk and his bookcase.

So unlike Marcel, Robert was athletic, passionate about math, a reluctant reader, an exemplary son. Certainly the Proust family was beginning to understand Marcel’s inclinations, but as was true in all bourgeois households at the time, no one spoke of it. What one knew, one never discussed. All the same, one knew. In The Captive, Proust wrote: In certain untruthful families, a brother who has come to call without any apparent reason and makes some casual inquiry on the doorstep as he leaves, appearing scarcely to listen to the response, indicates to his brother that this inquiry was the sole object of his visit, for the brother is quite familiar with that air of detachment, those words uttered as though in parentheses and at the last moment, having himself had frequent recourse to use them himself.

Tosi described the coat to me, with his wardrobe master’s all-seeing eye. ” he asked. The man recounted an astonishing tale. It had gotten very late. I bid my farewell to Piero Tosi, fascinated and intrigued by his stories about this mysterious, obsessive collector. Early the next morning I was awakened by a ringing telephone. It was Tosi, polite, discreet, to the point: “I found the calling card. ” JACQUES GUÉRIN. Chapter III At their first meeting in 1947, the writer Violette Leduc fell hopelessly in love with Jacques Guérin.

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