Swann's Way (Penguin Drop Caps) Hardcover – 5 Nov 2013
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About the Author
Marcel Proust (1871-1922) spent his twenties as a conspicuous society figure, but after 1907 he rarely emerged from a cork-lined room in his apartment where he devoted himself to the composition of In Search of Lost Time.Lydia Davis has been a MacArthur Fellow, National Book Award finalist, and Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Davis was awarded the 2003 French-American Foundation Translation Prize for her translation of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way. She lives near Albany, New York. Jessica Hische is a letterer, an illustrator, a typographer, and a web designer. She currently serves on the Type Directors Club board of directors, has been named a Forbes Magazine "30 under 30" in art and design as well as an ADC Young Gun and one of Print Magazine's "New Visual Artists." She has designed for Wes Anderson, McSweeney's, Tiffany & Co, Penguin Books, and many other clients. She resides primarily in San Francisco, occasionally in Brooklyn.
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This search, characteristically for the whole book, is always a personal and often a private affair. Marcel never shares his most transformative experiences with any other characters in the novel. He is as alone in this as he is in needing (and not receiving) his mother's good night kiss. Swann is singularly an aristocrat among philistines and a Jew among gentiles. Both he and Marcel are madly in love with women who clearly do not share their passion.
The art with which this solitary pursuit of beauty is portrayed shines its light on every page of the novel. It is in the features that the characters share with masterpiece portraits, in the range of emotions evoked by a piece of music, in the ubiquitous metaphors.
The novel is a beautiful monument to art.