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Published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927, Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perducould be seen as a monumental relic anchored in a historical moment that is no longer of any great concern. So why does it remain so popular to such a cariety of twenty-first century readers? Novelist and critic Margaret Drabble, psychotherapist Jane Haynes, and poet and translator Ian Patterson, discuss their love of Proust with Christopher Prendergast, who oversaw Penguin’s major new translation of A la recherche.

Recorded on Thursday 9 December 2010.