In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

In Search of Lost Time, Volume 2 (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Editor: Christopher Prendergast
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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143039075
  • 576 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up


In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower is Proust’s spectacular dissection of male and female adolescence, charged with the narrator’s memories of Paris and the Normandy seaside. At the heart of the story lie his relationships with his grandmother and with the Swann family. As a meditation on different forms of love, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower has no equal. Here, Proust introduces some of his greatest comic inventions, from the magnificently dull M. de Norpois to the enchanting Robert de Saint-Loup. It is memorable as well for the first appearance of the two figures who for better or worse are to dominate the narrator’s life—the Baron de Charlus and the mysterious Albertine.
  • First time in Penguin Classics

  • A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

  • The first completely new translation of Proust’s novel since the 1920s, following Lydia Davis’s brilliant translation of Swann’s Way



Penguin Classics Deluxe
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
George Eliot
Mary Karr
Illustrator: Brian Rea
Jane Austen