In Search of Lost Time (Dramatized)

  • by Marcel Proust
  • Narrated by James Wilby, Jonathan Firth, Harriet Walter, Imogen Stubbs, Corin Redgrave
  • 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio six-part dramatisation of Marcel Proust's groundbreaking series of novels, tracing the extraordinary story of the author's own life. Starring James Wilby and Jonathan Firth, and with a distinguished cast including Harriet Walter, Imogen Stubbs, and Corin Redgrave, this rich, multi-layered adaptation brings out all the variety and subtlety of Proust's magnificent masterpiece.Featuring a fictional version of himself - 'Marcel' - and a host of friends, acquaintances, and lovers, In Search of Lost Time is Proust's search for the key to the mysteries of memory, time, and consciousness. As he recalls his childhood days, the sad affair of Charles Swann and Odette de Crecy, his transition to manhood, the tortures of love and the ravages of war, he realises that the simplest of discoveries can lead to astonishing possibilities.

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Absolutely First Class Drama!

Any adaption of literature is not really easy. This drama has reached an excellent height to make this complex novel understandable and compelling. Very sensitive, profound voice of narrator and all outstanding actors. Thanks for BBC and fiction factory produced such beautiful work!
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Top class drama

Michael Butt's adaptation and writing is brilliant, the acting outstanding, the music atmospheric. In fine, there's everything one could wish for in a BBC drama.

Each of the six episodes is just under an hour: Swann's Way, The Budding Grove, The Guermantes Way, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Prisoner and the Fugitive, and Time Regained.

When I was a young girl, I was surrounded by francophones who all but worshipped Proust. The paeans of adoration were unending! Sadly, even into university days, I just didn't get it: I gave up on Swann's Way before it ended.

It took decades for me to approach Proust once more, read him carefully, and only then did I begin to understand and appreciate what he has to offer. While he still isn't a favorite, I do revisit him from time to time.

I highly recommend this selection. For me, it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon, madeleines included, and provided an escape from the relentless election madness.

(Note: There are some "adult situations," however, so keep this in mind should you have young children present).
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2009
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited