When Charles Swann first lays eyes on Odette de Crecy, he is indifferent to her beauty but their paths continue to cross and the seeds of desire begin to flourish.
A witty and poignant standalone novella from Proust’s masterpiece, it is the perfect introduction to the great novelist.
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
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
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