Swann's Way

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Vintage, 1996 - Canon (Literarature) - 544 pages
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In the opening volume of Proust's great novel, the narrator travels backwards in time in order to tell the story of a love affair that had taken place before his own birth. Swann's jealous love for Odette provides a prophetic model of the narrator's own relationships. All Proust's great themes - time and memory, love and loss, art and the artistic vocation - are here in kernel form.

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About the author (1996)

Marcel Proust was born in Paris in 1871. He studied law at the Sorbonne but was drawn to writing, and published his first work in 1896. After the death of his parents in the early 1900s he gradually withdrew from society, eventually spending the majority of his time in his cork-lined bedroom. In Search of Lost Time is his major work, developed during the last decade of his life. He died in 1922.

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