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In Search of Lost Time 3 : The Guermantes Way :  The Guermantes Way - Marcel Proust

In Search of Lost Time 3 : The Guermantes Way

The Guermantes Way


Published: November 2003
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‘Monumental … an epic of rediscovery, of a life re-searched, re-examined and re-experienced … one of the great social satires, and one of the finest of psychological novels’
Malcolm Bradbury

‘A single, monumental work of art … [Treharne] succeeds in conveying both the most ambitious flights of lyricism and the rhythms and idiosyncrasies of speech’
Richard Parish, The Times Higher Education Supplement

‘One of the miracles of European literature … Mark Treharne … catches much of the comedy, by turns black, bitter and slapstick’
Paul Davis, Guardian

The Guermantes Wayopens us a vast, dazzling landscape of fashionable Parisian life in the late nineteenth century, as the narrator enters the brilliant, shallow world of the literary and aristocratic salons. Both a salute to and a devastating satire on a time, place and culture, The Guermantes Wayis in the great tradition of novels that follow the initiation of a young man into the ways of the world.

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: 9780141180335
ISBN-10: 0141180331
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: November 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised