Swann's Way by Marcel ProustSwann's Way by Marcel Proust

Swann's Way

byMarcel Proust

Paperback | October 16, 2002

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The first volume of the 7-part masterpiece In Search of Lost Time, Swann's Way introduces the novel's major themes and narrator. Its focus then shifts to Charles Swann, a wealthy connoisseur who moves in high-society circles in 19th-century Paris and a victim of an agonizing romance.
Proust is one of the seminal figures in modern literature, matched only in stature by Joyce, Woolf, Mann and Kafka. By the last decade of the nineteenth century, the charming and ambitious Proust, born into a wealthy bourgeois family, was already a famous Paris socialite who attended the most fashionable salons of the day. The death of...
Title:Swann's WayFormat:PaperbackPublished:October 16, 2002Publisher:Dover PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0486421236

ISBN - 13:9780486421230

Appropriate for ages: 14

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