The Low and Slow Book Club Reads Swann's Way

Event date: 
01/13/2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Online Via Zoom

The Low and Slow Book Club will be back on January 13th to journey through Swann's Waythe 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. 

Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1 (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis (Translated by), Lydia Davis (Introduction by), Lydia Davis (Notes by), Christopher Prendergast (Editor)
ISBN: 9780142437964
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 30th, 2004

The first volume of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, in Lydia Davis's award-winning translation

In Search of Lost Time Volume I Swann's Way (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Marcel Proust, Richard Howard (Introduction by), C.K. Scott Moncrieff (Translated by), Terence Kilmartin (Translated by), D.J. Enright (Revised by)
ISBN: 9780375751547
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Published: Modern Library - June 23rd, 1998

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.

Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp Cover Image
By Jozef Czapski, Eric Karpeles (Translated by), Eric Karpeles (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681372587
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Published: NYRB Classics - November 6th, 2018

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.

Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time: A Reader's Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307472328
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Published: Vintage - September 22nd, 2009

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.