Swann's Way

Swann's Way

Marcel Proust

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Swann's Way is a novel in seven volumes, written by Marcel Proust (1871–1922). It is considered to be his most prominent work, known both for its length and its theme of involuntary memory, the most famous example being the "episode of the madeleine" which occurs early in the first volume. It gained fame in English in translations by C. K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin as Remembrance of Things Past, but the title In Search of Lost Time, a literal rendering of the French, has gained usage since D. J. Enright adopted it for his revised translation published in 1992.

In Search of Lost Time follows the narrator's recollections of childhood and experiences into adulthood during late 19th century to early 20th century aristocratic France, while reflecting on the loss of time and lack of meaning to the world. The novel began to take shape in 1909. Proust continued to work on it until his final illness in the autumn of 1922 forced him to break off. Proust established the structure early on, but even after volumes were initially finished he kept adding new material and edited one volume after another for publication.

The last three of the seven volumes contain oversights and fragmentary or unpolished passages, as they existed only in draft form at the death of the author; the publication of these parts was overseen by his brother Robert. The work was published in France between 1913 and 1927. Proust paid for the publication of the first volume (by the Grasset publishing house) after it had been turned down by leading editors who had been offered the manuscript in longhand.

Many of its ideas, motifs and scenes are foreshadowed in Proust's unfinished novel, Jean Santeuil (1896–99), though the perspective and treatment there are different, and in his unfinished hybrid of philosophical essay and story, Contre Sainte-Beuve (1908–09). The novel had great influence on twentieth-century literature; some writers have sought to emulate it, others to parody it. In the centenary year of Du côté de chez Swann, Edmund White pronounced À la recherche du temps perdu "the most respected novel of the twentieth century."
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    Scrittore francese. Esordì su alcune riviste legate al movimento simbolista. Nel 1896 uscì I piaceri e i giorni (Les plaisirs et le jours), raccolta di sofisticate prose d'occasione. Fra il 1896 e il 1904 lavorò a un romanzo che costituisce il primo abbozzo della sua opera maggiore e che fu pubblicato postumo con il titolo Jean Santeuil.Nel 1906, in seguito alla morte del padre e della madre, si trasferì in un appartamento di Boulevard Haussmann, dove fece applicare alle pareti della sua stanza un rivestimento di sugaro per proteggersi da ogni rumore. Lì, isolato dal mondo, scrisse Alla ricerca del tempo perduto (A la recherche du temps perdu, 1913-1927), monumentale ciclo di sette romanzi (La strada di Swann, All'ombra delle fanciulle in fiore, I Guermantes,... Approfondisci
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