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With À la recherche du temps perdu / In Search of Lost Time– Proust attempted the perfect rendering of life in art, of the past recreated through memory.

It is both a portrait of the artist and a discovery of the aesthetic by which the portrait is painted, and it was to have an immense influence on the literature of the twentieth century.

The novel contains seven volumes:
1 – Du côté de chez Swann (1913): Swann’s Way / The Way by Swann’s
(Part I: Combray / Overture. Part II: Un Amour de Swann / Swann in Love. Part III : Noms de pays: le nom / Names of places: the name)
2 – À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs (1919): In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower / Within a Budding Grove
3 – Le Côté de Guermantes (1920-1921): The Guermantes Way
4 – Sodome et Gomorrhe (1921-1922): Sodom and Gomorrah / Cities of the Plain
5 – La Prisonnière (1923): The Prisoner / The Captive
6 – Albertine disparue / La Fugitive (1925): Albertine Gone / The Fugitive / The Sweet Cheat Gone
7 – Le Temps retrouvé (1927): Time Regained / The Past Recaptured / Finding Time Again


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— in English, also called REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST —