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In Search of Lost Time: Within a Budding Grove v.2

In Search of Lost Time: Within a Budding Grove v.2

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By (author) Marcel Proust, Volume editor Terence Kilmartin, Volume editor D.j. Enright, Translated by Terence Kilmartin, Translated by C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, Translated by D.j. Enright

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 44mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 16 December 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099362317
  • ISBN 13: 9780099362319
  • Sales rank: 30,410

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Within a Budding Grove describes the first shoots of an astonishing love affair. When Proust's adolescent narrator travels from Paris to the sunny seaside town of Balbec he meets an intriguing set of new acquaintances who provide him with both friendship and entertainment. Most significantly of all he meets a dark-haired girl with sparkling eyes and a tiny beauty spot on her chin: the mysterious Albertine, who will become the great love of his life.

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Author information

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 1889, however, his suffering from chronic asthma, the death of his parents and his growing disillustionment 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 life's work.

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"Scott Moncrieff's translation was rather like swimming through syrup...Kilmartin and Enright have produced a version that wonderfully proves the greatness of this novel, this novelist. The prose that describes Swann's sexual obsession, for instance, is so good you have to stop after many a paragraph, re-read, think over it" -- 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 "Surely the greatest novelist of the 20th century" Sunday Telegraph "As close to being a definitive English version of the great novel as we are likely to get. This new edition will serve to introduce new generations of readers to what Somerset Maugham rightly described as the greatest novel of our century" -- Allan Massie Scotsman

Editorial reviews

People think they don't need to bother with Proust. They know about the madeleine, they know it's about remembering the past, they know that not much happens and they know it's 3000 pages long. People speak about getting to the end of it in the same way as they talk of climbing Everest or running the marathon - but this is all wrong. It's not hard to read and gathers you up in its momentum. It is also horribly funny, heartbreaking, beautifully observed and intelligent with a clarity that makes you feel intelligent as well. (Kirkus UK)