Swann's Way

Front Cover
Echo Library, 2006 - Fiction - 548 pages
10 Reviews
This large print title is set in Tiresias 16pt font as recommended by the RNIB.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
2
4 stars
5
3 stars
1
2 stars
2
1 star
0

In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way

User Review  - Lara Jacobs - Book Verdict

Eminent Proust (1871–1922) biographer and scholar Carter (Marcel Proust: A Life; Proust in Love) has attempted an unprecedented and laudable intellectual feat with his annotation of Swann's Way, the ... Read full review

Review: Swann's Way, Part 1 (Remembrance of Things Past, #1.1)

User Review  - Vicky Pinpin-Feinstein - Goodreads

What does one say about a book whose sentences typically run a paragraph or a page long? Perhaps I am exaggerating but the first three or four of my attempts to read this book ended in failure because ... Read full review

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2006)

Proust is one of the seminal figures in modern literature, matched only in stature by Joyce, Woolf, Mann and Kafka. By the last decade of the 19th century, the charming and ambitious Proust, born into a wealthy bourgeois family, was already a famous Paris socialite who attended the most fashionable salons of the day. The death of his parents in the early years of the 20th century, coupled with his own increasingly ill health, made of Proust a recluse who confined himself to his cork-lined bedroom on the Boulevard Haussmann. There he concentrated on the composition of his great masterpiece, Remembrance of Things Past (1913-27). In recent years, it was discovered that he had already prepared a first draft of the work in the 1890s in Jean Santeuil, which was only published posthumously in 1952. Remembrance of Things Past resists summary. Seeming at turns to be fiction, autobiography, and essay, Remembrance is a vast meditation on the relationship between time, memory, and art. In it the narrator, who bears the same first name as the author, attempts to reconstruct his life from early childhood to middle age. In the process, he surveys French society at the turn of the century and describes the eventual decline of the aristocracy in the face of the rising middle class. The process of reconstruction of Marcel's past life is made possible by the psychological device of involuntary memory; according to this theory, all of our past lies hidden within us only to be rediscovered and brought to the surface by some unexpected sense perception. In the final volume of the work, the narrator, who has succeeded in recapturing his past, resolves to preserve it through the Work of Art, his novel. He died of pneumonia and a pulmonary abscess in 1922. He was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Bibliographic information