“Poets claim that we recapture for a moment the self that we were long ago when we enter some house or garden in which we used to live in our youth. But these are most hazardous pilgrimages, which end as often as not in disappointment as in success. It is in ourselves that we should rather seek to find those fixed places, contemporaneous with different years.
“That unknown element in the lives of other people is like that of nature, which each fresh scientific discovery merely reduces but does not abolish.”
– Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time
The following excerpt provides the epigraph to Jennifer Egan’s novel, which she says was equally influenced by the “polyphonic” structure of HBO’s The Sopranos.
The Special Edition App includes this epigraph, written and spoken aloud when the app loads for the first time – just one part of the unique reading experience that comes from experimenting with publishing books digitally.