Swann in Love

ISBN : 9780198744894

Marcel Proust; Brian Nelson; Adam Watt
240 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Nov 2017
Oxford World's Classics
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  • Swann in Love, the second section of the first volume of Proust's multi-volume novel In Search of Lost Time, may be read as a brilliant self-contained novella. At the same time, it offers readers a perfect, short introduction to Proust
  • A compelling new translation of one of Proust's most powerful novels with an Introduction which contextualizes the short novel within the wider work and the cultural landscape, alert to the challenges of reading Proust for the first time
  • Brian Nelson's previous translations for Oxford World's Classics have received critical acclaim and popular recognition
  • An introduction by Adam Watt, author of The Cambridge Introduction to Proust (2011), a biography of Proust, and Marcel Proust in Context (2013)
  • Includes an up-to-date bibliography, chronology of the author, and helpful explanatory notes

'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 Crécy. 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.


Translator's Note
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Marcel Proust
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Marcel Proust
Brian Nelson, Emeritus Professor of French Studies and Translation, Monash University, Melbourne, and Edited by Adam Watt, Professor of French and comparative studies, University of Exeter
Brian Nelson has been editor of the Australian Journal of French Studies since 2002. He is well known for his critical studies and translations of the novels of Émile Zola. These include The Cambridge Companion to ZolaZola and the Bourgeoisie, and translations for Oxford World's Classics of The Fortune of the RougonsThe Belly of ParisThe KillPot Luck, and The Ladies' Paradise. He was awarded the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Translation in 2015. His most recent critical work is The Cambridge Introduction to French Literature (CUP 2015).
Adam Watt is Professor of French and comparative literature at the University of Exeter. He has published widely on the life and works of Marcel Proust. His books include Reading in Proust's A la recherche: le délire de la lecture (2009); an illustrated biography, Marcel Proust (Reaktion Books, 2013); and as editor, Marcel Proust in Context (CUP, 2013).

"As well as extensive notes at the back of the book, there is also a highly readable introduction by Adam Watt." - Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers

"[An] excellent introduction (supplemented by copious notes) [by] the Proust specialist Adam Watt." - Adrian Tahourdin, Times Literary Supplement

"[...] this new translation which concentrates on [Swann's] infatuation for Odette is a gentle and accessible introduction to Proust's monumental oeuvre, being quite self-contained and not nearly so daunting a read." - Robert Tanitch, Mature Times

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