Synopses & Reviews
In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower is Proust’s spectacular dissection of male and female adolescence, charged with the narrator’s memories of Paris and the Normandy seaside. At the heart of the story lie his relationships with his grandmother and with the Swann family. As a meditation on different forms of love, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower has no equal. Here, Proust introduces some of his greatest comic inventions, from the magnificently dull M. de Norpois to the enchanting Robert de Saint-Loup. It is memorable as well for the first appearance of the two figures who for better or worse are to dominate the narrator’s life—the Baron de Charlus and the mysterious Albertine.
- First time in Penguin Classics
- A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
- The first completely new translation of Proust's novel since the 1920s, following Lydia Davis's brilliant translation of Swann's Way
PRAISE FOR THE NEW TRANSLATIONS: "A triumph ... will bring this inexhaustible artwork to new audiences throughout the English-speaking world."--MALCOLM BOWIE, Sunday Telegraph (LONDON)
"A triumph . . . will bring this inexhaustible artwork to new audiences throughout the English-speaking world."--Malcolm Bowie, "Sunday Telegraph."
About the Author
Marcel Proust (18711922) was the greatest French novelist of the twentieth century.
James Grieve, former reader in French at the Australian National University, has published a translation of the first part of Prousts work (Swanns Way, 1982) and two novels for young adults.
Christopher Prendergast is professor of French at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Kings College.