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In Search of Lost Time is Novel By Marcel Proust (French: À la recherche du temps perdu), also translated as Remembrance of Past Things, is a novel in seven volumes (1871–1922). It is considered his most outstanding work, known both for its extension and for its theme of involuntary memory, the most famous example being the "cupcake episode" that occurs at the beginning of the first volume. He gained fame in English in the translations of CK Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin as Remembrance of Things Past, but the title In Search of Lost Time, a literal representation of French, has gained use since DJ Enright adopted him for his revised translation published in 1992.

Book Details
Page count: 4,215
Original title: À la recherche du temps perdu
Genres: Modern Literature, Philosophical fiction, Social novel, Fictional Autobiography

Book Summary
In Search of Lost Time follows the narrator's memories about childhood and experiences in adulthood during aristocratic France from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, while reflecting on the loss of time and the lack of meaning for the world. The novel began to take shape in 1909. Proust continued working on it until his final illness in the fall of 1922 forced him to separate. Proust established the structure from the beginning, but even after the volumes were initially finished, it continued to add new material and edited one volume after another for publication. The last three of the seven volumes contain neglected and fragmented or unpolished passages since they only existed in draft form at the author's death; The publication of these parts was supervised 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 publisher) after the main editors who had been offered the manuscript had rejected it. Many of his ideas, motifs, and scenes are announced in Proust's unfinished novel, Jean Santeuil (1896-1899), although the perspective and treatment there are different, and in his unfinished hybrid of philosophical essay and history, Contre Sainte-Beuve (1908 -09).

The novel had a great influence on twentieth-century literature; Some writers have tried to emulate it, others to parody it. In the centenary year of the first volume of the novel, Edmund White pronounced À la recherche du temps perdu "the most respected novel of the twentieth century".

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Book Review
Twice amended to take it to the documentary decorum and the kind of textual termination that Proust himself could never achieve, the translation of the Search by Scott Moncrieff by CK, polished, rejected, lightened, tight and, in an absurd sense, illuminated, it constitutes a monument that is also a means: the means to gain access to the book, books, even the Apocrypha of modern scriptures. A triumph of the tone, of a unique (and singular) vision, this last revision of the primary version offers the safest sled on the ice fields, as well as the most sinuous surfboard on the Proustian prose breakers, a text invaluable and inescapable.

About The Author
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. In 1919 the second volume, Within a Budding Grove, won the Goncourt Prize, bringing Proust great and instantaneous fame. Two subsequent installments—The Guermantes Way (1920–21) and Sodom and Gomorrah (1921)—appeared in his lifetime. The remaining volumes were published following Proust’s death on November 18, 1922: The Captive in 1923, The Fugitive in 1925, and Time Regained in 1927.

Today he is widely recognised as one of the greatest authors of the 20th Century, and À la recherche du temps perdu as one of the most dazzling and significant works of literature to be written in modern times.


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