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Sodom and Gomorrah


Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel In Search of Lost Time. Sodome et Gomorrhe, sometimes translated as Cities of the Plain, was originally published in two volumes. It was the last volume over which Proust supervised publication before his death in November 1922. The publication of the remaining volumes was carried out by his brother, Robert Proust, and Jacques Rivière. This is Volume 4 of In Search of Lost Time and the point where the reader goes beyond halfway through Marcel Proust’s incredibly long and broadly acclaimed multi-massive-volume masterpiece. Anyone with any edge of prurience or nodule of Bible study will be able to guess from the title – is all about homosexuality, both male and female. While waiting for the Guermantes to return so he could ask about his invitation, he saw Charlus encounter Jupien in their courtyard. The two then went into Jupien's shop and had intercourse. The Narrator reflects on the nature of "inverts", and how they are like a secret society, never able to live in the open. He compares them to flowers, whose reproduction through the aid of insects depends solely on happenstance. Sodome et Gomorrhe is a novel of both society and intimacy, with Proust describing in minute detail the way people act in public. Yet part of the skill of the novel is the way these public façades are compared with how the characters act in private. Enjoy free online English audiobook “Sodom and Gomorrah”, the fourth part of In Search of Lost Time, a novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust.

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