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Proust? Ha!

Michael Hofmann, 21 August 1997

A Book of Memories 
by Péter Nádas, translated by Ivan Sanders and Imre Goldstein.
Cape, 706 pp., £16.99, August 1997, 9780224035248
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... milk-filled breast; and that’s why we want our father’s red-veined cock in our mouth, too.’ Nádas’s calamitous formal innovation is the first-person omniscient narrator who is also largely his own subject. It is impossible to convey just how deadly this speaker and vantage-point are, how his orotundity anaesthetises the reader and annihilates and ...

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