The Modern Library's fifth volume of "In Search of Lost Time" contains both "The Captive" (1923) and "The Fugitive "(1925). In "The Captive," Proust's narrator describes living in his mother's Paris apartment with his lover, Albertine, and subsequently falling out of love with her. In "The Fugitive," the narrator loses Albertine forever. Rich with irony, The Captive and The Fugitive inspire meditations on desire, sexual love, music, and the art of introspection.
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 definitive French editions of "A la recherche du temps perdu" (the final volume of these new editions was published by the Bibliotheque de la Pleiade in 1989).
About the Author
Marcel Proust was born July 10, 1871, the son of a respected Catholic doctor and a Jewish mother from a wealthy family. He continued crafting and correcting his manuscript for all seven volumes of Swann's Way until just before his death in 1922 at the age of fifty-one.
“Proust was the greatest novelist of the twentieth century, just as Tolstoy was in the nineteenth.” —Graham Greene