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In Search of Lost Time 2 : In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower :  In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower - Marcel Proust

In Search of Lost Time 2 : In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower


Published: November 2003
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One is never far from a phrase that feels so acute and so true that it seems to be expressing an essential truth of the soul ... Like the best translations, it lets the author speak' Alain de Botton, The Times

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Floweris a spectacular dissection of male and female adolescence, and an unequalled meditation on different forms of love, charged with the narrator's memories of Paris and the Normandy seaside, and his relationships with his grandmother and the Swann family. Here Proust introduces some of his greatest comic inventions, from the magnificently dull M. de Norpois to the enchanting Robert de Saint-Loup, and introduces two figures who come to dominate the narrator's life - the Baron de Charlus and the mysterious Albertine.

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: 9780141180328
ISBN-10: 0141180323
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: November 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised