In search of Proust: the comix!It was, of course, inevitable. We can only be grateful that it was a Frenchman who unleashed À la recherche du temps perdu: the comix! upon the world, and thus spared American culture the lashing it would otherwise have received from the ministère de la culture et de la communication.
The artist is Stephané Heuet, who has to date rendered four fairly substantial volumes, the first given over to the Combray section of Swann's Way, the second to "Swann in Love," and the others to Marcel's first summer at Balbec. In translation, these follow Charles Scott Moncrieff's 1920s wording, which is in the public domain; À l'ombre de jeunes filles en fleurs therefore becomes Within a Budding Grove, the arch title Scott Moncrieff chose so as not to offend the sensibilities of his straight-laced English readers. Reproduced above is the famous madeleine sequence from volume one.
The links below are to Amazon.com in the United States, but following the Learn more icon are links to Amazon stores in other countries. Note that the French link is for the book in Proust's own words, just in case you want to pretend that you're actually brushing up on the language. (The publisher too is different.) Just don't tell the ministère de la culture et de la communication!
Combray (Stephané Heuet, artist)
Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing, 2001. 48 pages hardcover
Love of Swann 1 (Stephané Heuet, artist)
ComixLit, 2007. 48 pages hardcover
Within a Budding Grove, part one (Stephane Heuet, artist)
Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing, 2002. 48 pages hardcover
Within a Budding Grove, part two (Stephane Heuet, artist)
ComixLit, 2002. 48 pages paperback