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In Search of Lost Time 5 : The Prisoner & The Fugitive :  The Prisoner & The Fugitive - Marcel Proust

In Search of Lost Time 5 : The Prisoner & The Fugitive

The Prisoner & The Fugitive

By: Marcel Proust, Carol Clark (Transcribed by), Peter Collier (Transcribed by), Christopher Prendergast (Editor)

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Published: November 2003
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‘Proust redefined the terms of fiction … a profound and often very witty masterpiece whose influence continues to pervade the body politic of imaginative prose’
Robert McCrum, Guardian Favourite Books of the Twentieth Century

The Prisoner and The Fugitive fulfil Swann's much earlier warning to Marcel - 'Though the subjection of the woman may briefly allay the jealousy of the man, it eventually makes it even more demanding' - as Marcel and Albertine are locked in a cycle of mistrust that threatens both their identities. But these are also novels of great lyrical excitement and beauty - in the Parisian street cries, the Vinteuil concert and Proust's virtuoso description of Venice. Above all, these two works deal with the theme of the explosion and impact of memory that runs throughout In Search of Lost Time, pointing the reader towards its resolution.

Marcel Proust

French novelist, best known for his 3000 page masterpiece À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time), a pseudo-autobiographical novel told mostly in a stream-of-consciousness style.

Born in the first year of the Third Republic, the young Marcel, like his narrator, was a delicate child from a bourgeois family. He was active in Parisian high society during the 80s and 90s, welcomed in the most fashionable and exclusive salons of his day. However, his position there was also one of an outsider, due to his Jewishness and homosexuality. Towards the end of 1890s Proust began to withdraw more and more from society, and although he was never entirely reclusive, as is sometimes made out, he lapsed more completely into his lifelong tendency to sleep during the day and work at night. He was also plagued with severe asthma, which had troubled him intermittently since childhood, and a terror of his own death, especially in case it should come before his novel had been completed. The first volume, after some difficulty finding a publisher, came out in 1913, and Proust continued to work with an almost inhuman dedication on his masterpiece right up until his death in 1922, at the age of 51.

Today he is widely recognised as one of the greatest authors of the 20th Century, and À la recherche du temps perdu as one of the most dazzling and significant works of literature to be written in modern times.

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ISBN: 9780141180359
ISBN-10: 0141180358
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 720
Published: November 2003
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 5