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Swann’s Way is the first novel of Marcel Proust’s seven-volume magnum opus À la rechercheé du temps perdu, or Remembrance of Things Past. Following Charles Swann’s opening ruminations about the nature of sleep is one of twentieth-century literature’s most famous and influential scenes: the eating of the madeleine soaked in a decoction of lime-flowers,” the associative act from which the remainder of the narrative unfurls. After elaborate reminiscences about Swann’s childhood in Paris and rural Combray, Proust describes his protagonist’s exploits in nineteenth-century privileged Parisian society and his obsessive love for young socialite Odette de Crécy.
Filled with searing, insightful, and humorous criticisms of French society, this novel showcases Proust’s innovative prose style, characterized by lengthy, intricate sentences that elongate, stop, and reverse time. With narration that alternates between first and third person, Swann’s Way unconventionally introduces Proust’s recurring themes of memory, love, art, and the human experienceand for nearly a century readers have deliciously savored each moment.
Elizabeth Dalton is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Barnard College. She has published fiction and criticism in the New Yorker, Partisan Review, Commentary, and the New York Times Book Review.
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.
Valentin Louis Georges Eugene Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 - 18 November 1922) was a French novelist. Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff, MC (25 September 1889 - 28 February 1930) was a Scottish writer, most famous for his English translation of most of Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu.
<b>Elizabeth Dalton</b> is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Barnard College. She is the author of <i>Unconscious Structure in The Idiot</i>, a psychoanalytic study of Dostoevsky’s novel. <br></div>