Literature

The Australian Connection of Marcel Proust

Proust and his Banker: In Search of Time Squandered by Gian Balsamo University of South Carolina Press, 2017, 272 pages, US$39.99 ___________________________________________ Marcel Valentin Louis Eugène Georges Proust never visited Australia, but some of his money ended up here. It was part of a wave of international capital that poured in to fund development of the nation’s resources just over a century ago. Some of it also found its way into the pockets of bankers, brokers and share promoters in Paris and London. Proust, like Mark Twain, discovered that a rumour could run around the world while the truth was…

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