The Proustian Mobius strip.

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Proust’s novel grew and deepened into over 3,000 pages of everything and nothing: a Möbius strip of profundity twisting into mundanity, mundanity twisting into profundity. The two are not opposites in Proust: it is when we break the usual habits of mind and body that we see their continuity. We see this in part one of “Combray”, the first volume of Swann’s Way, in the narrator’s famous tea-and-cake epiphany: “But, when nothing subsists of an old past, after the death of people, after the destruction of things, alone, frailer but more enduring, more immaterial, more persistent, more faithful, smell and taste still remain for a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, on the ruin of all the rest, bearing without giving way, on their almost impalpable droplet, the immense edifice of memory.”

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