Time stands still
What exactly is time? This question was of pressing concern at the dawn of the modern age and the beginning of the 20th century, and the ever-new perspectives on the subject took shape in two quintessential books: Dante's Divine Comedy and Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. Karlheinz Stierle has gone back to these books and discovered surprising correlations between them. Drawing on numerous examples from the texts, he shows how a radically different conception of time led to new literary creations and how, in the final analysis, within these masterpieces, time becomes suspended. This is a book that will appeal to those familiar with Dante and Proust and newcomers alike.