Swann's Way

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1913 marks an extraordinary year in Paris. Momentous events occurred in literature, music and the visual arts. In the first of four essays looking at this annus mirabilis for French and European culture, Professor Michael G Wood of Princeton University explores the publication of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way, a novel that marked a turning point in the relationship between a writer and his characters.

Producer: Sara Davies.

Why Marcel Proust's Swann's Way was among highlights of a great year for Parisian culture.