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The Fugitive


Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust, known as Marcel Proust, was a French novelist, critic, and essayist. Born in 1871 in the Parisian suburb of Auteuil, Marcel Proust led an active social life in his youth, penetrating the highest circles of wealth and aristocracy. He suffered from severe asthma, which worsened as he grew older, and his illness prompted him to withdraw from society and devote himself to writing. Marcel Proust is best known for his monumental novel in seven volumes In Search of Lost Time; earlier rendered as Remembrance of Things Past. Swann’s Way was published in 1913, and only three more volumes of the six-volume novel were published in his lifetime. The second, Within a Budding Grove, won the Goncourt Prize and brought Proust instant fame in 1919. Proust died in 1922; the subsequent volumes were published posthumously. Proust’s The Fugitive continues Marcel’s fascination with Albertine and the possibility that Albertine has been unfaithful with women. Marcel has essentially driven her from his home – which we must remember is also his mother’s home – and then immediately thinks he wants her back. He ponders his situation, thinking that he both wants her back and wants her gone, realizing at times that he doesn’t really understand his feelings. He is riven with indecision both about his own feelings and his concern for having Albertine return. Enjoy free online English audiobook “The Fugitive”, the sixth part of In Search of Lost Time, a novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust. 

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