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In the overture to "Swann's Way," the themes of the whole of "In Search of Lost Time" are introduced, and the narrator's childhood in Paris and Combray is recalled, mostmemorably in the evocation of the famous maternal good-night kiss. Therecollection of the narrator's love for Swann's daughter Gilberte leads to an accountof Swann's passion for Odette and the rise of the nouveaux riches Verdurins.
The final volume of a new, definitive text of "A la recherche du temps perdu" was published by the Bibliotheque de la Pleiade in 1989. For this authoritative English-language edition, D. J. Enright has revised the late Terence Kilmartin's acclaimed reworking of C. K. Scott Moncrieff's translation to take into account the new French editions.