By Dennis Abrams
It’s almost over. In another week, our online reading project The Cork-Lined Room, will be closing its doors. All 3,000 pages of Proust’s masterpiece In Search of Lost Time will have been read, discussed, and analyzed within an inch of their lives.
The experience has been unforgettable. Leading a discussion of the day’s reading, posting a daily synopsis with additional critical material from myself and others, forced me to read the book more closely than I’ve ever read anything in my life. Forced me to think about it more constantly than I have any other book. Forced me to look at, analyze and write about the book in ways that not only kept me interested but kept the hundreds of readers around the world who have been following the blog interested as well. For more than a year now, I’ve been completely immersed in Marcel Proust and his world. And it’s time for a break.
Starting on January 3, 2011, Publishing Perspectives is proud to announce that a new on-line reading group will be launched, called Project D. This time around, we’re going to be leaving Belle Epoque France for the heart of Russian literature –- the four major novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky –- Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons, and The Brothers Karamazov.
On the surface, two more different writers would be hard to imagine –- Dostoevsky’s world of murder, anarchists, saintly fools, parricides and redemption seems to be a world away from Proust’s salons, jealous lovers, artists, and homosexuals. And yet, Proust himself was a great admirer of Dostoevsky, pointing out not only that “Crime and Punishment” could stand as title of ANY of Dostoevsky’s works, but that the two authors shared many preoccupations as well.
It’s the start of a new year, start it off right by reading some of the world’s greatest classics. I hope you’ll join us.
You can sign up for and follow our group read of Dostoevsky, Project D, here.