The Captive

The Captive

by Proust
     
 

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In The Captive Part I, Marcel’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment.

Music:Ciurijonis, Breton, Schumann and Waldteufel  See more details below

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In The Captive Part I, Marcel’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment.

Music:Ciurijonis, Breton, Schumann and Waldteufel

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Mark Stein
In The Captive, Proust’s narrator describes living in his mother’s Paris apartment with his lover, Albertine, and subsequently falling out of love with her.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789626341902
Publisher:
Naxos Audiobooks
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Series:
Remembrance of Things Past Ser.
Edition description:
Abridged, 3 CDs
Product dimensions:
5.67(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Proust was born in Auteuil (the southern sector of Paris' then-rustic 16th arrondissement) at the home of his great-uncle, two months after the Treaty of Frankfurt formally ended the Franco-Prussian War. His birth took place during the violence that surrounded the suppression of the Paris Commune, and his childhood corresponds with the consolidation of the French Third Republic. Much of In Search of Lost Time concerns the vast changes, most particularly the decline of the aristocracy and the rise of the middle classes that occurred in France during the Third Republic and the fin de siècle.

Proust's father, Achille Adrien Proust, was a prominent pathologist and epidemiologist, responsible for studying and attempting to remedy the causes and movements of cholera through Europe and Asia; he was the author of many articles and books on medicine and hygiene. Proust's mother, Jeanne Clémence Weil, was the daughter of a rich and cultured Jewish family from Alsace.[2] She was literate and well-read; her letters demonstrate a well-developed sense of humour, and her command of English was sufficient for her to provide the necessary assistance to her son's later attempts to translate John Ruskin.[3]

By the age of nine, Proust had his first serious asthma attack, and thereafter he was considered a sickly child. Proust spent long holidays in the village of Illiers. This village, combined with recollections of his great-uncle's house in Auteuil, became the model for the fictional town of Combray, where some of the most important scenes of In Search of Lost Time take place. (Illiers was renamed Illiers-Combray on the occasion of the Proust centenary celebrations.)

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