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Swanns Way in Search of Lost Time Volume 1by Marcel Proust
"After I finished In Search of Lost Time, I called the real literary types that I happen to know — the ones who make their livings by being famously well-read — and I asked them if they had read the whole thing, too. Mostly this was to introduce the idea that I had read the whole thing — but I thought it was a good idea to first show deference to their superior reading programs before happening to mention this accomplishment with which I had impressed myself. Mais non! as they say in France. Yet all of them knew someone who had read all seven volumes; that person was Richard Howard, who introduces the Modern Library edition of the novel. I wondered: Could he be the only one other than me and Alain de Botton, who wrote How Proust Can Change Your Life? If so, I am here to tell you, we are a lucky group, and it is time for you to begin, because reading all of Proust is not hard." Jane Smiley, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)
Synopses & Reviews
Swann's Way, the first part of A la recherche de temps perdu, Marcel Proust's seven-part cycle, was published in 1913. In it, Proust introduces the themes that run through the entire work. The narrator recalls his childhood, aided by the famous madeleine; and describes M. Swann's passion for Odette. The work is incomparable. Edmund Wilson said "[Proust] has supplied for the first time in literature an equivalent in the full scale for the new theory of modern physics."
This is the most up-to-date translation available. In 1989, the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade published the final volume of the definitive original text. For this translation, D.J. Enright revised the late Terence Kilmartin's acclaimed reworking of C.K. Scott Moncrieff's translation to take into account the new French editions.
Also available from the Modern Library:
In Search of Lost Time
Vol. I: Swann's Way, 0-679-60005-1
Vol. II: Within a Budding Grove, 0-679-60006-X
Vol. III: The Guermantes Way, 0-679-60028-0
Vol. IV: Sodom and Gomorrah, 0-679-60029-9
Vol. V: The Captive & The Fugitive, 0-679-42477-6
Vol. VI: Time Regained & A Guide to Proust, 0-679-42476-8
The Proust Six-Pack, 0-679-60295-X
"Reading Swann’s Way was a rapturous experience." David Denby
In Swanns Way, the themes of Prousts masterpiece are introduced, and the narrators childhood in Paris and Combray is recalled, most memorably in the evocation of the famous maternal good-night kiss. The recollection of the narrators love for Swanns daughter Gilberte leads to an account of Swanns passion for Odette and the rise of the nouveaux riches Verdurins.
For this authoritative English-language edition, D. J. Enright has revised the late Terence Kilmartins acclaimed reworking of C. K. Scott Moncrieffs translation to take into account the new definitive French editions of Á la recherché du temps perdu (the final volume of these new editions was published by the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade in 1989).
For this authoritative English-language edition, D. J. Enright has revised the late Terence Kilmartins acclaimed reworking of C. K. Scott Moncrieffs translation to take into account the new definitive French editions of À la recherche du temps perdu (the final volume of these new editions was published by the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade in 1989).
About the Author
Marcel Proust was born in Auteuil in 1871. When he died in 1922, the last three volumes of his masterpiece remained to be published. He has recently been the subject of two new books: How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton and The Year of Reading Proust by Phyllis Rose.
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