Considered by critics and writers to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, Marcel Proust wrote the monumental In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu) which he begun in 1909 at the age of 38 and published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927 (posthumously).
In the opening volume Swann’s Way, 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 are here in kernel form: time and memory, love and loss, art and the artistic vocation. Did you read it? Do you need more insight?
Join the book club!
Thu 1 July 7pm
1h30 | in English and French | £5, conc.£3
You can find information on the book in English on the British publisher’s website.
As part of the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Marcel Proust