In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
Volume 1, Swann's Way (Modern Library Classics) (v. 1)

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'The transmutation of sensation into sentiment, the ebb tide of memory, waves of emotion such as desire, jealousy, and artistic euphoria--this is the material of this enormous and yet singularly light and translucid work.

--VLADIMIR NABOKOV


In the overture to Swann's Way, the themes of the whole of In Search of Lost Time are introduced, and the narrator's childhood in Paris and Combray is recalled, most memorably in the evocation of the famous maternal good-night kiss. The recollection of the narrator's love for Swann's daughter Gilberte leads to an account of Swann's passion for Odette and the rise of the nouveaux riches Verdurins.

The final volume of a new, definitive text of A la recherche du temps perdu was published by the Bibliotheque de la Pleiade in 1989. For this authoritative English-language edition, D. J. Enright has revised the late Terence Kilmartin's acclaimed reworking of C. K. Scott Moncrieff's translation to take into account the new French editions.
 

About Marcel Proust

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Marcel Proust was born in the Parisian suburb of Auteuil on July 10, 1871. He began work on In Search of Lost Time sometime around 1908, and the first volume, Swann’s Way, was published in 1913. In 1919 the second volume, Within a Budding Grove, won the Goncourt Prize, bringing Proust great and instantaneous fame. Two subsequent installments—The Guermantes Way (1920–21) and Sodom and Gomorrah (1921)—appeared in his lifetime. The remaining volumes were published following Proust’s death on November 18, 1922: The Captive in 1923, The Fugitive in 1925, and Time Regained in 1927.
 
Published November 1, 2000 by Modern Library. 653 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Meanwhile, we are awash in Proustiana: two new biographies in English within the past year, with the ''definitive'' biography by Jean-Yves Tadié (published in France in 1996) due out here in August, and a spectrum of other books, from Malcolm Bowie's masterly ''Proust Among the Stars'' to Alain d...

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Rightly so: it's truer to the quasi-scientific urgency of A la recherche (Proust's father, a doctor, conducted famously indefatigable research in what we would now call epidemiology) as well as to the ambiguity of temps perdu - time not just "lost" but, more forcefully, "wasted" - and so to th...

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Marcel Proust: In Search of Lost Timeedited by Christopher Prendergast £75, pp3,300 (six volumes).

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The Independent

He is too precious, too camp even, and that is unfortunate because by the time he came at last to work at his novel Proust himself hated above all else being thought precious.

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ENRIGHT : .

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