FOLLOWING PROUST: Norman Churches, Cathedrals, and Paris Paintings
By Susan Baker Foreword by Richard Howard Essays by Keith Althaus
Provincetown artist Susan Baker shifts her venue to follow and visually reproduce the trail of Marcel Proust through the areas of France that he lived in, loved, and made the site of the major segments of Remembrance of Things Past.
Baker captures the ambiance, buildings, and cathedrals that mark the beauty and the uniqueness of places well known to generations of readers — for example, Combray, Balbec, and Guermantes, as well as the home of Monsieur Swann, and also the areas in which Proust lived and vacationed such as Trouville, Deauville, Rouen, Amiens, and Illiers, not to mention Paris.
“Drawn in initially by the humor, then dazzled by the description, and finally obsessed by the genius, I decided to follow Proust — just to stand where he stood,” writes Baker. The colorful outcome of her quest is this book, a rare gift to the world’s legions of Francophiles, Proustians, art lovers, and travelers.