A remark on Proust style
(Proust answers a survey about the syle)
" I take by no means a liking
(so as to use the terms of your survey) to writers who would be preoccupied
with an "originality in the form". One should be preoccupied
only with the impression or the idea to represent. The eyes of the mind
are turned towards the inside, the inner model should be represented as
accurately as possible. Only one added touch (so as to shine, or not to
shine too much, or to obey a vain desire to surprise; or to the childlish
whish to remain "classic") is enough to compromise the success
of the experiment and the discovery of a law. All our forces dedicated
to sumission to the reality are not enough to successfully translate the
apparently most simple impression from the hidden world into the so different
one of the concrete, where the ineffable resolves into clear formulas."
Extrait de "Essais et Articles", M. Proust, Folio Essais p.