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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or reminiscent of Marcel Proust or his works.
  • adj. Derived from personal memory.


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Proust +‎ -ian


  • When your stable of bikes can be described as Proustian it may be time to start thinning the proverbial herd.

    Multiples: How Much Is Too Much?

  • A well-known idea called the "Proustian phenomenon" proposes that distinctive smells have more power than any other sense to help us recall distant memories. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Often referred to as a Proustian painter because he painted from memory rather than from life, Bonnard is even more a Jamesian one.

    The Nation: Top Stories

  • I remembered, and my heart leaped with a kind of Proustian joy while Time tolled about me like a bell ....

    The Courts of Chaos

  • I mean they're also kind of Proustian, because you're dealing with moments of consciousness.


  • We can speak of encountering, sometimes in the most unlikely settings, dynamics most succinctly described as "Proustian," "Austenesque" and "Kafkan."

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • To suggest - as some critics have - that the memoir owes its power to "Proustian" overtones is ridiculous.

    Books, Inq. — The Epilogue

  • But when they meet again 20 years later and Austerlitz finally tells his story to the narrator and explains how he discovered the secret of his birth, some pages are so sad that I couldn't help crying, and I felt that Sebald had managed to awaken the reader's memory too--not the intellectual, reconstructed memory, but that "Proustian" memory based on sensations, the only one that brings back the true past as if there were no time.

    W.G. Sebald: Austerlitz

  • To this day, the smell of sawdust is my Proustian madeleine: it brings back a life.

    The Dark Side of Innocence

  • He has created this whole other category for the bow tie—this Proustian, fin de siècle , 19th-century look that he has really made his own.

    Barneys New York's Simon Doonan on the Bow Tie—Its Comeback, Characteristics and Caveats


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