The Audio Book Club Goes Swann’s Way

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May 3 2013 9:00 AM

The Audio Book Club on Swann’s Way

Our critics celebrate the 100th anniversary of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.

To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Swann’s Way, click the arrow on the player below.

This month, “Brow Beat” editor David Haglund, Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon, and Slate cultural critic Meghan O’Rourke discuss Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. It’s the 100th anniversary of Proust’s masterpiece, and our critics dug into the first volume, Swann’s Way. They wrangle with the meaning of that famous madeleine and debate whether this famous meditation on memory is really all about desire. Also: Was Proust a terrible snob?

Next month we’ll talk about the gently absurdist stories of George Saunders. Read Saunders’ fascinating conversation with his editor, Andy Ward, in the Slate Book Review, then pick up Tenth of December and join us on June 7 for our discussion.

Visit our Audio Book Club archive page for a complete list of the more than 60 books we’ve discussed over the years. Or you can listen to any of our previous club meetings through our iTunes feed.

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Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.