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Swann in Love


In the original French, Swann in Love is known as Un amour de Swann. It is a section of the novel sequence In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. In Search of Lost Time was published in France between 1913 and 1927. Proust paid for the publication of the first volume after it had been turned down by leading editors who had been offered the manuscript in longhand. Proust eventually arranged with the publisher Grasset to pay the cost of publication himself. When published it was advertised as the first of a three-volume novel, Swann's Way. Swann's Way is divided into four parts. A third-person novella Swann in Love is one of them and sometimes it is published as a volume by itself. As it forms the self-contained story of Charles Swann's love affair with Odette de Crécy and is relatively short, it is generally considered a good introduction to the work and is often a set text in French schools. In his obsessive passion, Swann sees in Odette the qualities he admires in the female figures in paintings by the masters. She is innocent, mysterious, surprising and, perhaps most important, something to be owned and, once safely possessed, something no longer to be tormented by. In Search of Lost is considered, by many scholars and critics, to be the definitive modern novel. It has had a profound effect on subsequent writers such as the Bloomsbury Group. "Oh if I could write like that!" marvelled Virginia Woolf in 1922. Enjoy free online English audiobook “Swann in Love”, the part of the first volume of In Search of Lost Time, a novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust.

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