The Low and Slow Book Club will be back on January 13th to journey through Swann's Way, the first volume of Marcel Proust's masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. Proust is one of those intimidating names in the history of world literature, his name synonymous with long books and even longer sentences. Not to fear, though, as the Low and Slow Book Club, as always, will work through this French master collaboratively and at a pace that allows for deep exploration. In Search of Lost Time follows the development of Proust's nameless narrator from his early childhood on through early adulthood. Swann's Way details the early days of the narrator's childhood, specifically his holidays and vacation in the French village of Combray. On the surface, it is a society novel about the machinations, relationships, and culture of the French aristocracy. Far below that surface runs a meditation on the nature of memory and nostalgia. Proust interrogates the limits of knowing others, knowing ourselves, and knowing how our own memory has the ability to shape who we are. Our decision to choose this book came out of our reading of Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being, where Proust and his ideas on memory loom large. The Low and Slow Book Club hopes to get to the root of Proust's foundational ideas of involuntary memory and his keen observations on, not just French high society, but the human experience as a whole.
The first volume of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, in Lydia Davis's award-winning translation
In Swann’s Way, the themes of Proust’s masterpiece are introduced, and the narrator’s childhood in Paris and Combray is recalled, most memorably in the evocation of the famous maternal good-night kiss.
The first translation of painter and writer Józef Czapski's inspiring lectures on Proust, first delivered in a prison camp in the Soviet Union during World War II.
An accessible, irreverent guide to one of the most admired—and entertaining—novels of the past century: Rememberance of Things Past. There is no other guide like this; a user-friendly and enticing entry into the marvelously enjoyable world of Proust.