Reading Groups

Proust I 


Led by: Anka Muhlstein


Time: 6 - 7:30pm


Meets: Mondays, 6 sessions, monthly 


Spring '18 Dates: Jan. 8, Feb. 5March 5April 2May 7 and June 4

*This is the second year of a two-year reading of Proust. The class is full and no longer accepting new students. Please note that the class will be meeting at a private residence for spring 2018. Contact for details. Thank you! 


Join others at The Center for Fiction on the great adventure of reading In Search of Lost Time. Proust I is designed for first-time readers of Proust, (or readers who got stuck in the middle). This reading group, led by Anka Muhlstein, will read it over two years. Secondary reading is not required. Anka will devote the first session to the review of the historical background of the novel, the saga of its publication and the examination of the very first pages of the novel. The readers will then be asked to read 250/300 pages for each of the following sessions. Diving into Proust’s astonishing masterwork requires determination: the aim of this study group is to show how quickly an open-minded reader will get carried away by its beauty, psychological penetration and wisdom.


The preferred edition for this course is the Modern Library paperback of the 1981 C.K. Montcrieff and Terence Kilmartin translation revised in 1992.


Anka Muhlstein was born in Paris in 1935. She has published eleven books, biographies and essays. She has been awarded the Goncourt prize of Biography and has twice received the History Prize of the French Academy. Her work has been translated into English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish and Polish.

Her long standing interest in Proust is illustrated by a slim volume of quotes, Par le Regard de Marcel Proust, published by Denoel in 1972, her participation in the Proust Project, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004 and the publication on Monsieur Proust’s Library, Other Press, 2012. Her latest book, book, The Pen and the Brush, was published by Other Press in January 2017. She lives in New York City with her husband, Louis Begley.