On p 629, Albertine calls Bloch a "Yid." She calls him other things in other translations, as well as in the original French. So we began a discussion of Proust and Jewishness. Here are some links relevant to our talk last night.
- Here is the full Montcrieff/Blossom text of RTP. I did a search on the letters "Jew" and found no sentence where the Narrator identifies himself or his mother as one.
- Links to full texts in French & English (scroll down)
- A PhD thesis by Milen Jissov on (MIS-)UNDERSTANDING ANTI-SEMITISM AND JEWISH IDENTITY From Bernard Lazare to Hannah Arendt. It's in pdf format, and so can be read in Acrobat. Proust is chapter 4, beginning on page 113 and continuing through page 187.
- Jim Everett's blog addresses the Jewish question in Proust right here. See comments also.
- Essay: What Proust taught me about being Jewish. Slightly off-topic, but interesting.
- Brief history of the Jewish community in France. Audio also.
- The great Edith Grossman on translations
- Pages like this are why I love the internet.