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of course, for most writers
there're two sorts of glory:

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some know fame during their lifetime,
perhaps even great fame

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but unfortunately, after their death,
those writers lose very fast their readership

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and they even fall into oblivion sometimes

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on the other hand, there are writers
who were misunderstood during their whole existence

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and who later, posthumously, are sometimes discovered
or acquire fame increasing with time

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for Marcel Proust,
the case is different

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he was famous at the end of his life

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because he received the Goncourt prize in 1920
for "Within a Budding Grove"

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the second volume of his great work
"In Search of Lost Time"

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since his death, his fame has constantly grown

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today he is read and commented on
in the whole world

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in London, a few years ago,
they had an exhibition about him

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a lot of people are reading him

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he is read as abundantly
in New York in the United States

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as in Germany and in Japan

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and paradoxically, it's in France that, despite his name,
despite the abundance of books written on him

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essays explaining his philosophy and his art

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it is perhaps in France that he is read the least

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true, one cannot say that he's an author
who doesn't sell at all

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but he's an author who doesn't have all the pull
he ought to have,

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considering his great name
that had never been challenged

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his work is in effect something very particular

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some have tried to find a philosophy in it

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others an error committed during his lifetime

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a sort of biography

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since it's written in the first person

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and since it deals with very special people,
very well evoked

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however, as he said himself,
we are dealing with a novel

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and for each of his character he got inspiration
from several persons he had known
at the beginning of our century

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and during the program you're about to watch

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you'll see how one could identify
some of his more endearing characters

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and who have later become symbols
like in the works of Balzac

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Rastignac has become a symbol
for ambition at all costs

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today, when talking about diplomats
who are a bit of a snob

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and pretentious,
I'm thinking of M. de Norpois

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or
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