"Combray" by Marcel Proust is the first from the three parts of the book "Swann’s Way" which is a part of his novel cycle called "In Search of Lost Time". "Combray" is often read as an individual novel and it speaks about oblivion, memory gain and the unconscious body’s memory which is more permanent than the mind’s … [Read more...] about Combray
Marcel Proust was a French novelist from a bourgeois family. He was born in Paris in 1871 and as a child, he suffered from asthma and he spend his childhood was filled with love and attention, especially from his mother.
After graduating he went to serve the military in Orleans. When he came back he went to study political sciences in Paris. During his studies, Bergson makes a big influence on him. He was interested literature and he published his first work in magazine "Le Banquet".
He was often seen on banquets and in aristocratic circles. His high-class lifestyle takes a turn when in 2 years he loses his parents - his father died in 1903 and his mother in 1905.
In 1906 he lived all alone and then his consistent literary work begins. He was in a race with time and he began his life work "In Search of Lost Time" which is divided into seven parts: "Swann's Way", "In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower", "The Guermantes Way", "Sodom and Gomorrah", "The Prisoner", "The Fugitive" and "Time Regained".
He received The Prix Goncourt for his novel "In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower" in 1918.
"Swann in Love" is novel filled with contradictions. Just like the other novels, this one doesn't have a clear plot. It only has a sequence of events that are compared with certain works of art from different times. In order to follow up with the novel, the reader has to be somewhat familiar with different art … [Read more...] about Swann in Love