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No Room for Losers

Michael Wood: ‘Proust and his Banker’, 14 December 2017

Proust and His Banker: In Search of Time Squandered 
by Gian Balsamo.
South Carolina, 272 pp., £37.50, May 2017, 978 1 61117 736 7
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... The​ title of Gian Balsamo’s intriguing book is staid enough: Proust and His Banker. The subtitle – ‘In Search of Time Squandered’ – promises all kinds of adventures and invites us to toy with various riddles. When is an opportunity cost – a favourite term with Balsamo – not an opportunity cost? Perhaps when the opportunity turns out to be a disaster, or was never an opportunity in the first place ...

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