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- A few places taken from “In Search of Lost Time” Literary Hotel Le Swann
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A few places taken from “In Search of Lost Time”

The Duke and Duchess of Guermantes’ Private House – “Its location is in the ‘Plaine Monceau’ that had become a favourite area for the Parisian high society to live in during the Second Empire and is the proof that in the second half
of the 19th century, the 7th arrondissement had extended its limits and had made the ‘social faubourg’ wider.” (“Le Bottin des lieux proustiens”, Michel Erman, La Table Ronde, 2011)

Rue Abbatucci« Quelque ami, qui, se doutant qu’ils s’aimaient, ne se fût pas risqué à lui rien dire d’elle que d’insignifiant, lui décrivait la silhouette d’Odette, qu’il avait aperçue, le matin même, montant à pied la rue Abbatucci dans une ‘visite’ garnie de skunks, sous un chapeau ‘à la Rembrandt’ et unbouquet de violettes à son corsage. » This street’s name was changed in 1879 and became ruedela Boétie.

Rue Montalivet, the Verdurin salon – This is the address of the Verdurin salon in the novel, before they moved to Quai Conti and entered the Faubourg Saint-Germain.

4 rue La Pérouse, Laure Hayman – She was the famous darling of the time and uncle Proust’s mistress. The young Marcel met her a couple of times. She was an inspiration for some of Odette de Crécy’s personality traits, who is at the same time the mysterious “Pink Lady” and the hero in “Un amour de Swann”.

1 rue Royale, the Rue Royale Club – The Prince of Sagan also lived in the same building. Charles Haas, a famous dandy and an inspiration for the character Swann was a member of this club. He can be recognised on Tissot’s painting “Le Balcon du Cercle de la rue Royale” painted in 1867 and described by Proust in“In Search of Lost Time”.

Gare Saint Lazare« C’est la gare de départ du train pour Balbec. Durant son enfance, le héros rêve de prendre “le beau train généreux d’une heure vingt-deux (…) (qui s’arrêtait) à Bayeux, à Coutances, à Vitré, à Questambert, à Pontorson, à
Balbec…” Ajoutons que son immense salle des pas perdus en fait un terrain de chasse pour Charlus. » (“Le Bottin des lieux proustiens”, Michel Erman, La Table Ronde, 2011)

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