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How to Read Proust

Patrick McGuinness

It’s never too late to delve into the greatest masterpiece of world literature. Join award-winning novelist and Oxford scholar Patrick McGuinness for his hands-on guide to making sense of Proust.

He may be the most acclaimed and influential novelist of all time, a storyteller of extraordinary genius whose themes and tropes have passed into popular culture, but for most of us, reading Proust remains an aspiration for the future rather than an edification for the present. His stylistically innovative and deeply philosophical masterwork has a depth and length daunting to even the most committed literary aficionado.

But the journey through À la recherche du temps perdu does not have to be intimidating. Booker nominated, Encore award-winning novelist, poet and scholar Patrick McGuinness joins us to make Proust easy, accessible and fun in this one-hour long voyage in search of lost time.

So if you’re sitting comfortably, take a bite of madeleine, and we’ll begin…

Patrick McGuinness

Poet, Novelist, Oxford Professor

Patrick McGuinness is a poet, novelist, translator and academic, and professor of French and Comparative Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Anne’s College. His first novel, The Last Hundred Days, was longlisted for the Man Booker, and won the Writers’ Guild Award for fiction and the Wales Book of the Year. His memoir Other People’s Countries won the Duff Cooper Prize, and his second novel, Throw Me to the Wolves, won the Encore Award. He has written three collections of poetry, most recently Blood Feather, and has written and edited a number of scholarly books on French and Francophone literature. He is also the editor of the two-volume Penguin Book of French Short Stories.