‘In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower’ by Marcel Proust


‘In the Shadows of Young Girls in Flower’, is the second volume of Proust’s ‘In Search of Lost Time’. As a novel, it is in many ways split into two separate parts; the first part ‘At Madame Swann’s’ dispenses with the poetry of the earlier volume and decides to concentrate on the psychological themes which permeate Proust’s work; the second half, ‘Place Names: the place’ marks the return of Proust’s concerns with the natural world as he finally gets to visit Balbec, the seaside resort which he had spent most of his childhood fantasising about seeing and forms the best of Proust’s writing as he coalesces his psychological concerns with his ethereal observations on nature. They also introduce us to the three most important characters in the novel: the Baron de Charlus, Albertine and the Marquise de Saint-Loup, as well as the painter, Elstir

Indeed, it is via Elstir, who…

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