Marcel Proust in 1900

90 years of Proust’s masterpiece “In Search of Lost Time”

Marcel Proust 1900

“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all the time.” – Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past

Marcel Proust (Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust) is considered one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century. His capital novel, his magnum opus is “In Search of Lost Time” (French: “À la recherche du temps perdu”). It was published in a span of 14 years, and this year, 2017, marks the 90th anniversary of the novel’s last volume’s publication.

Unfortunately, Proust didn’t live to see his entire novel’s release. He died before he was able to complete all the revision of the drafts of the final volumes. So, his brother Robert took on editing the last three of them.

The work follows the narrator’s recollections of childhood and experiences into his adult life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with his reflections on the lost time and the meaning of life (or lack thereof). The work exudes nostalgia, drama. The past has a profound effect on the present, and the reality gets deconstructed with all of its various characters, and an omnipresent narrator.

Do you want to know more?

Well “In Search of Lost Time” has around 4.000 pages, give or take – depending on the edition. Do you have something better to do with your lost time?

If there isn’t enough time, here is an old jewel of a BBC documentary. Don’t mind the poor sound and picture. Sit back in your armchair and watch it.

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