A Harlot High And Low by Honore de BalzacA Harlot High And Low by Honore de Balzac

A Harlot High And Low

byHonore de BalzacTranslated byRayner HeppenstallIntroduction byRayner Heppenstall

Paperback | December 30, 1970

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Finance, fashionable society, and the intrigues of the underworld and the police system form the heart of this powerful novel, which introduces the satanic genius Vautrin, one of the greatest villains in world literature.

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The son of a civil servant, Honoré de Balzac was born in 1799 in Tours, France. After attending boarding school in Vendôme, he gravitated to Paris where he worked as a legal clerk and a hack writer, using various pseudonyms, often in collaboration with other writers. Balzac turned exclusively to fiction at the age of thirty and went on...
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Title:A Harlot High And LowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.02 inPublished:December 30, 1970Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140442324

ISBN - 13:9780140442328

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The tragic manipulation of a poverty stricken woman is the central pillar of A Harlot High And Low, an exceptional work of world literature. Readers get a terrific introduction to the unforgettably villainous character of Vautrin, who engages in an intellectual duel with another criminal mastermind that sees a harlot elevated to the heights of aristocratic luxury. But she is nothing more than a pawn to the evil men who control her life. Her eventual and inevitable fall from grace is made more horrible by her absolute decent into the darkness of complete misery. Rayner Heppenstall wonderfully translates Honore De Balzac’s effortlessly powerful prose.