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  1. You can't ask a question like that at all! The question of “basic thought” is a monstrous legacy of very bad high school literature teachers. It was they who forced the unfortunate schoolchildren to find the ” main idea “in” War and Peace “and in”The Brothers Karamazov”. And those, drenched in sweat and tears, searched and “found”.

    And now think for yourself can there be one main idea in an epic consisting of SEVEN full-fledged novels, where almost 250 main and secondary characters act and recorded on 3,500 pages???

    “In Search of Lost Time” is a novel-a river as vast and diverse as the Amazon. It has quiet backwaters and stormy rapids, it is sometimes transparent as a tear, then muddy and dark as night. This is the River Of Life! And like any life, it is full of secrets, encrypted symbols, erotic dreams, unfulfilled desires and tragic loneliness.

    The only thing that can be said with all certainty is that this is an autobiographical novel. Almost all the characters had their own prototypes in real life and were in a difficult relationship with the author. For the rest of his life, Marcel Proust answered endless questions from journalists about “who he meant” when describing this or that hero. But, as you know, he led everyone by the nose and never admitted anything publicly.

  2. For myself, I formulated it as follows: write a text about your life = give your life meaning. But I think this is a somewhat subjective view. Proust was writing the novel “Race against Death” and continued to refine unpublished parts of the novels even in his very last days. Proust's thought on this point is well known:”Don't be afraid to go too far, because the truth is always even further away.”

    The lectures of the philosopher Merab Mamardashvili are devoted to understanding Proust's novel “In Search of Lost Time”.

  3. The main idea I think is that the author wrote a novel about a novel, in fact, as if the author is plunging into a philosophical and reasonable ballad about himself, but plunging into the depths of human psychology. In the novel, exactly one of the parts is also a philosophical and aesthetic meaning. For example, in one of the phrases. “Pleasure is like taking pictures.” The main idea is more in the subtle conversation of the writer himself, through deep reflections, acting as if through the characters. The author describes the elements of his life in this way.

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