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Update on Proust's Sodom and Gomorrah

I have, sadly or amusingly, finished two books already this year. Sodom and Gomorrah, unfortunately, is not one of them. And, well, I haven't really been much up for reading it in the last week. That said, I'm at page 444, 70 away from the end, and not the least bit closer to getting a hardback copy of the Penguin new translation of The Prisoner and the Fugitive. What, did every library in the world buy a copy before it went out of print, and now no one will let go of theirs? Is a hardback copy of this novel just not an impulse purchase? Me, I need a copy I can carry around for five months or so and paperback just isn't cutting it. I don't want to hear any BS about US copyright law* keeping me from getting one, I just want the freaking book!

Oh yeah, and here's my schedule for the week. Key element: do nothing after work.

Sunday: nap sporadically, fetch things for shadowdaddy, drink hot toddies.
Monday: work, come home, see how shadowdaddy is doing.
Tuesday: work, come home, let wechsler make dinner for us.
Wednesday: work, come home, REALLY hope this cold is on its way out. Maybe see a movie across the street.
Thursday: work, come home, pack.
Friday: work, panic about trip, possibly go to birthday party. Please let the cold be over.
Saturday: er, leave on trip. This will be interesting ...

*It's sold out in England but hasn't even made it to the printers in the US, in case you care, and probably you don't.


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Jan. 14th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest: http://www.londonlibraries.org.uk however it seems there's only paperback copies available...

That said, it seems it's sometimes known as The Captive and the Fugitive, which is available to buy in hardcover on Amazon:

Jan. 14th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
The kicker for me is that it's the translation that is out there as The Prisoner and the Fugitive that I'm looking for ... basically the Prendergrast translation (the most recent). I know this sounds whiny but changing translators gives a serious change to the flavor of the book, so I'm trying to stick to this one version. (Admittedly they used different translators for this edition's various sections, but it's all "Asian fusion" instead of going from "Tex-Mex" to "Oaxacan," if that makes even the least bit of sense.)

Edited at 2008-01-14 09:39 am (UTC)
Jan. 14th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
Re: Proust
No, that's fair enough. When was the hardback of that edition published? It might be worth having a trundle through some of the more specialist book sharing sites and the like...
Jan. 14th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
Re: Proust
It was published in 2002. I've looked at ABE.com to no avail ... but ... what are these "book sharing sites" of which you speak?
Jan. 14th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
Re: Proust
Sites like http://bookmooch.com and their ilk. Rather than selling books people exchange them for credits on the site which they, in turn, exchange for more books.

It's like Amazon Marketplace without the fees.
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