(K. Brent Tomer),
In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way. By Marcel Proust. Adapted and illustrated by Stéphane Heuet. Translated by Arthur Goldhammer. Gallic; 206 pages; £19.99.
MARCEL PROUST is a tough read. His seven-volume “In Search of Lost Time”, published between 1913 and 1927, is known for its long, winding prose and its many ruminations on time and the slipperiness of memory. For those who have never plucked up the courage to give it a go, Stéphane Heuet’s adaptation of the first volume into a graphic novel is welcome.
Mr Heuet’s illustrations are simple, on the whole. The narrator’s face is reduced to a dozen or so lines, the grass a single shade of green. The text is translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer, a Harvard academic who will be known to many readers for his translation of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”. Mr Goldhammer’s text is concise and unfussy. A child could read this book.
Just occasionally, Mr Heuet lets his pen run wild, to dramatic effect. The most famous scene in the original book—when the…Continue reading