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The follow-up to the New York Times-bestselling first volume of the graphic novel adaptation hailed as a 'Proust for the people', In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower unveils Proust 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 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 Stephane 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. '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 AUTHOR: Marcel Proust was born in Paris in 1871. His family belonged to the wealthy upper middle class, and Marcel began frequenting aristocratic salons at a young age. Leading the life of a society dilettante, he met numerous artists and writers. He wrote articles, poems, and short stories (collected as Les Plaisirs et les Jours), as well as pastiches and essays (collected as Pastiches et Melanges) and translated John Ruskin's Bible of Amiens. He then went on to write novels. A sufferer of asthma, he died from poorly-treated Bronchitis in 1922; he is buried in the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris (Division 85). Stephane Heuet is an artist and comics illustrator, born in Brest, France, in 1957. The son of a naval officer, he is himself a keen sailor, and in 2010 he published a collection of 18 maritime stories by authors such as Pierre Mac Orlan and Herman Melville with watercolour illustrations.Heuet is best known for his mammoth project of adapting Proust's seven-volume masterpiece In Search of Lost Time as a graphic novel.
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