Proust’s masterpiece is one of the seminal works of the twentieth century, recording its narrator’s experiences as he grows up, falls in love and lives through the First World War. A profound reflection on art, time, memory, self and loss, it is often viewed as the definitive modern novel.
K. Scott Moncrieff’s famous translation from the 1920s is today regarded as a classic in its own right and is now available in three volumes in Penguin Classics. This second volume includes The Guermantes Way and Cities of the Plain.
Introducing M. Swann
The first time my wife-to-be invited me round for a meal, and sat me down in her book-lined dining-room, my eye was caught by three thick volumes in a slipcase, in decorative blue, white and red...Read more
High Society, Low Life
Marcel Proust’s novel Remembrance of Things Past begins, as I discussed in an earlier piece (SF no. 56), with the narrator recalling the times he spent as a boy in his great-aunt’s house in the...Read more
Stretching over seven books and amounting to more than 3,000 pages, Proust’s novel opens with the narrator remembering times when, as a boy, he stayed with his parents, his grandmother and their...Read more