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5th December 2019


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In Search of Lost Time: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower (Place Names: The Place)

(A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs)



The best-selling graphic adaptation of Proust’s masterpiece continues with this highly anticipated new volume.

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After the New York Times-bestselling adaptation of Swann’s Way – hailed as a ‘Proust for the people’ – this centenary edition of the Goncourt-winning In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower unveils the masterpiece beyond the madeleine.

The defining French novel, Proust’s In Search of Lost Time is best known for the Combray scenes which appear near the beginning of the first of the book’s seven volumes. For many, the discovery of Proust stops here: the sheer scale of the text and its perceived difficulty discouraging them from reading on.

This beautiful second volume of Stéphane Heuet’s acclaimed graphic novel adaptation invites the reader to go further, accompanying the narrator as he enters adolescence during a summer of infatuation, switching affections and increasing social awareness in the beach resort of Balbec. In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower introduces characters who will go on to dominate future volumes, such as Albertine, the narrator’s feelings for whom will be dissected to the minutest degree alongside reflections on the mutability of perception and a biting, witty analysis of social class, snobbery and prejudice.

Praise for Swann’s Way (Graphic Novel)
‘Captures the essence of Proust beautifully’ The Economist
‘Brilliant . . . Heuet’s love of Proust shines through in his inventive drawings’ The Independent
‘Audacious . . . Heuet’s strip is particularly strong on the images that constitute the life of the mind, on the way landscapes are magnified by expectation or softened by nostalgia’ Financial Times
‘A literary gateway drug’ NPR
‘A triumph’ New Statesman
‘Sumptuous, elegant and beautifully paced, it is completely absorbing . . . I’ll be forever glad to have spent so much time bent over it’ The Observer

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