‘Swann’s Way’ is one of the preeminent novels of childhood: a sensitive boy’s impressions of his family and neighbors, all brought dazzlingly back to life years later by the taste of a madeleine. It also enfolds the short novel “Swann in Love,” an incomparable study of sexual jealousy that becomes a crucial part of the vast, unfolding structure of ‘In Search of Lost Time’.
The first volume of the work that established Proust as one of the finest voices of the modern age—satirical, skeptical, confiding, and endlessly varied in his response to the human condition—’Swann’s Way’ also stands on its own as a perfect rendering of a life in art, of the past recreated through memory.
Marcel Proust was born in the Parisian suburb of Auteuil on July 10, 1871. He began work on ‘In Search of Lost Time’ sometime around 1908, and the first volume, ‘Swann’s Way’, was published in 1913.