Chasing Lost Time The Life of C.K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy and Translator

by Jean Findlay

Biography / Autobiography

Chasing Lost Time The Life of C.K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy and Translator Synopsis

C. K. Scott Moncrieff's celebrated translation of Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu was first published in 1922 and was a work which would exhaust and consume the translator, leading to his early death at the age of just forty. Joseph Conrad told him, 'I was more interested and fascinated by your rendering than by Proust's creation': some literary figures even felt it was an improvement on the original. From the outside an enigma, Scott Moncrieff left a trail of writings that describe a man expert at living a paradoxical life: fervent Catholic convert and homosexual, gregarious party-goer and deeply lonely, interwar spy in Mussolini's Italy and public man of letters - a man for whom honour was the most abiding principle. He was a decorated war hero, and his letters home are an unusually light take on day-to-day life on the front. Described as 'offensively brave', he was severely injured in 1917 and, convalescing in London, became a lynchpin of literary society - friends with Robert Graves and Noel Coward, enemies with Siegfried Sassoon and in love with Wilfred Owen. Written by Scott Moncrieff's great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, with exclusive access to the family archive, Chasing Lost Time is portrait of a man hurled into war, through an era when the world was changing fast and forever, who brought us the greatest epic of time and memory that has ever been written.

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ISBN: 9780701181079
Publication date: 28/08/2014
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780701181079
Publication date: 28th August 2014
Author: Jean Findlay
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography,
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About Jean Findlay

Jean Findlay was born in Edinburgh and studied Law and French at Edinburgh University, then theatre in Cracow with Tadeusz Kantor. She ran a theatre company, writing and producing plays in Berlin, Bonn, Dublin, Rotterdam, and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. She has written for the Scotsman, the Independent, Time Out and Performance magazine and lives in London with her husband and three children. She is the great-great-niece of C K Scott Moncrieff.

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