On the occasion of the centenary of the prix Goncourt to Marcel Proust, the author of in search of lost time will be featured in the Eure-et-Loir, in the land of his childhood, from 11 to 19 may, were announced on Tuesday in Paris, the organizers of the Spring proustien.

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These ten days should allow to the public, “and not only to experts”, to plunge into the universe, and the time of Marcel Proust, have given the organizers during a press conference at the Drouant, the parisian restaurant which is awarded each year for the Goncourt, in the presence of the president of the academy Goncourt, Bernard Pivot and Pierre Assouline, a member of the jury.

animations (including a world championship of the madeleine!), fifteen exhibits in places with Marcel Proust, Goncourt, or the Belle Epoque, entertainment and conferences, which bring together leading specialists of the work of the novelist are in the program of this event, which will take place in particular in Illiers-Combray, the town of his childhood at Aunt Leonie.

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one of the highlights of the Spring proustien will be the book fair that will be held in the Collegiate church of Saint-André of Chartres on 18 and 19 may with more than fifty authors, including ten winners of the Prix Goncourt. The ten members of the academy Goncourt will be present.

“Proust is the jewel in the crown of the winners of the Goncourt.”

Bernard Pivot, president of the academy Goncourt

“When Marcel Proust was awarded the prix Goncourt in 1919, right here, this was a scandal and a miracle. In 1919, France was in the continuation of the Great War, and before Proust, there was a veteran, Roland Dorgelès, with his book inspired by his war experience, The Cross . And the literature has likely prevailed over patriotism,” explained Bernard Pivot during the press conference. And proud of this choice bright, the president of the prestigious literary academy concluded: “Proust is the jewel in the crown of the winners of the Goncourt.”

“Proust is a monument of literature, of the culture, but also of our heritage. It is not dusty, on the contrary it refreshes and still resonates with many today,” said his side the president of the association Spring proustien, Luc Fraisse.

Pierre Assouline recalled, for his part, that in addition to the Spring proustien, the academy Goncourt had decided to announce the four finalists for the most prestigious literary prize of the French-speaking world on the 27th of October at Cabourg (Calvados), the city of predilection of the writer.

● The full program is available on the site printempsproustien.fr

Illiers-Combray, the cradle of the work of Marcel Proust