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Swann In Love by Marcel Proust

Swann In Love (1913)

by Marcel Proust

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Series: In Search of Lost Time (1.2)

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Swann in Love is not Proust-Lite.

No, Swann in Love is a multi-facetted novel complete with Proust’s themes of time, art, love, jealousy and imagination, along with the syntactic complexity of his style, his elaborate constructions and his beautiful clarity and precision. Proust’s famously long sentences show the shape of the thoughts and sensibilities of a mind in the grip of obsession, fantasy and uncertainty. It is also one of the funniest novels in French literature, satirising French society and its social pretensions. And the love story, a tale of Swann’s obsession with a stupid, shallow former courtesan called Odette de Crecy, is full of irony and bathos, complete with a jealous Swann spying on the wrong bedroom in the middle of the night because the hapless inhabitants just happened to have the lights on.

Swann’s problem is that he projects onto Odette, his own self. He is struck by her resemblance to the Biblical figure of Zipporah, Jethro’s Daughter, as painted by Botticelli in the Sistine Chapel.

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2018/08/04/swann-in-love-by-marcel-proust-a-new-translation-by-brian-nelson-bookreview/ ( )
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Proust, Marcelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Del Buono, OresteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dresden, S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Veenis-Pieters, M.E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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'Swann's love... could not have been torn out of him without destroying him almost entirely'. Swann in Love is a brilliant, devastating novella that tells of infatuation, love, and jealousy. Set against the backdrop of Paris at the end of the nineteenth century, the story of Charles Swann illuminates the fragilities and foibles of human beings when in the grip of desire. Swann is a highly cultured man-about-town who is plunged into turmoil when he falls for a young woman called Odette de Cr?cy. The novel traces the progress of Swann's emotions with penetrating exactitude as he encounters Odette at the regular gatherings in the salon of the Verdurins. His wilful self-delusion is both poignant and ridiculous , and his tormented feelings play out in scenes of high comedy amongst Odette's socially pretentious circle. Swann in Love is part of Proust's monumental masterpiece In Search of Lost Time, and it is also a captivating self-contained story. This new translation encapsulates the qualities that have secured Proust's reputation, and serves as a perfect introduction to his writing.… (more)

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