Cities of the Plain in volume four of Marcel Proust’s A la recherche de temps perdu. At the time, it addressed ideas that were difficult to raise in society as polite as that frequented by the author. High society in France, perhaps especially in Paris, knew all about homosexauality, but the topic was rarely discussed in public. Proust’s stream of consciousness meanders in and out of the topic, adds a dash of anti-Semitism and by doing records the sentiments of an era which is both removed from and foreign to readers of our own time.
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