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Swann in Love

Marcel Proust
Brian Nelson and Edited by Adam Watt

November 2017

ISBN: 9780198744894

240 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

Swann in Love is the story of Charles Swann and his infatuation with Odette de Crécy and the revealing psychological turmoil his relations with her involves. A study in jealousy and the indirections of desire; it is here that Proust first works through his devastating theory of love.

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Swann in Love is the story of Charles Swann and his infatuation with Odette de Crécy and the revealing psychological turmoil his relations with her involves. A study in jealousy and the indirections of desire; it is here that Proust first works through his devastating theory of love.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

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 Zola, Zola and the Bourgeoisie, and translations for Oxford World's Classics of The Fortune of the Rougons, The Belly of Paris, The Kill, Pot 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).

Reviews

"[...] 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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