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프루스트 아저씨의 오덕기질

마르셀 프루스트 아저씨는 [잃어버린 시간을 찾아서]로 이름을 날린 작가죠. 얼마전에 [Little Miss Sunshine] (2006)을 보다가 (가족영화인 줄 알았다가 둘둘 꼬인 유머 덕에 혼자 웃음을 참느라 혼났다지요) 이 양반 이름이 툭 튀어나왔던 기억이 나네요. 영화 중에 이런 대사가 나오죠.

Dwayne: I wish I could just sleep until I was eighteen and skip all this crap-high school and everything-just skip it.
Frank: You know Marcel Proust?
Dwayne: He's the guy you teach.
Frank: Yeah. French writer. Total loser. Never had a real job. Unrequited love affairs. Gay. Spent 20 years writing a book almost no one reads. But he's also probably the greatest writer since Shakespeare. Anyway, he uh... he gets down to the end of his life, and he looks back and decides that all those years he suffered, Those were the best years of his life, 'cause they made him who he was. All those years he was happy? You know, total waste. Didn't learn a thing. So, if you sleep until you're 18... Ah, think of the suffering you're gonna miss. I mean high school? High school-those are your prime suffering years. You don't get better suffering than that.

하니 이 양반 제대로 된 직장도 없었고 게이에다가 골방에서 소설을 써 대던 양반이었더라는 겁니다. 오따꾸 소리 딱 듣기 좋은 양반이었던 모양인데, 여기 하나 더 더해 볼 만한 게 있어요.

윌리엄 카터란 양반이 쓴 이 양반 전기 [Marcel Proust: A Life]에 보면 이런 구절이 나온답니다. 1911년의 일이라는 데요.

Proust subscribed to a new service that brought opera, concerts, and plays into the home. For a fee of sixty francs a month, the subscriber received a theatrophone, a large black ear-trumpet connected through telephone to eight Paris theaters and concert halls... Although the sound quality was often poor, the instrument was a great boon to someone like Proust, who loved opera and the theater but who rarely felt well enough to attend performances. He often listened, even when the sound was so bad he could barely hear the words.

theatrophone이라는 거, 그러니까 전화로 오페라나 연극 실황을 듣게 해주는 서비스 같은 거였던 모양이에요. 직접 오페라에 가는 대신 방에서 전화로 간신히 들리는 오페라를 숨죽여 듣는 프루스트 아저씨를 상상해 주세요. 아주 오덕스럽지 않습니까? 거의 100년 이야기인데 말이죠. 알고보면 오덕질에는 시대를 뛰어넘는 힘이 있었더라는 겁니다. 하하. (O'Reilly Radar에서)


by 남쪽계단 | 2008/01/04 13:14 | 서적 | 트랙백 | 덧글(2)

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