THE ACCLAIMED FULLY REVISED EDITION OF THE SCOTT MONCRIEFF AND KILMARTIN TRANSLATION
In The Guermantes Way Proust's narrator recalls his initiation into the dazzling world of Parisian high society. Looking back over his time in the glamorous salons of the aristocracy, he satirises this shallow world and his own youthful infatuation with it. His observations, and his experiences with his lover Albertine, also educate him in the volatile nature of desire as he walks the path towards adulthood.
About the Author
Marcel Proust was born in Auteuil in 1871. In his twenties he became a conspicuous society figure, frequenting the most fashionable Paris salons of the day. After 1899, however, his suffering from chronic asthma, the death of his parents and his growing disillusionment with humanity caused him to lead an increasingly retired life. He slept by day and worked by night, writing letters and devoting himself to the completion of A la recherche du temps perdu. He died in 1922 before publication of the last three volumes of his great work.
"A version that wonderfully proves the greatness of this novel, this novelist" -- Melvyn Bragg * Guardian * "What a genius! Whole pages cascade, like great jazz slaloms" -- Bill Nighy * The Times * "One of the cornerstones of the Western literary canon" * The Times * "It's a novel with zero plot, but the narrator's brilliant analyses of everyday experiences more than make up for it. I've never read a better description of what it feels like to fall asleep" -- Alain de Botton * Mail on Sunday * "The plot is as gripping as any soap opera, the jokes come thick and fast...Proust's is a world entire - so why not take it with you anywhere in the world?" -- Will Self * Independent on Sunday *
Series: Vintage classics
Number Of Pages: 720
Published: 5th December 1996
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0 x 4.4
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1