Cousin Bette by Honor'e de BalzacCousin Bette by Honor'e de Balzac

Cousin Bette

byHonor'e de Balzac, David BellosTranslated bySylvia Raphael

Paperback | September 14, 2008

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Cousin Bette (1846) is considered to be Balzac's last great novel, and a key work in his Human Comedy. Set in the Paris of the 1830s and 1840s, it is a complex tale of the devastating effect of violent jealousy and sexual passion. Against a meticulously detailed backdrop of a post-Napoleonic France struggling with massive industrial and economic change, Balzac's characters span many classes of society, from impoverished workers and wealthy courtesans to successful businessmen and official dignitaries. The tragic outcome of the novel is relieved by occasional flashes of ironic comedy and the emergence of a younger generation which has come to terms with the new political and econimic climate.
David Bellos Professor of French Studies at the University of Manchester.
Title:Cousin BetteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.91 inPublished:September 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199553947

ISBN - 13:9780199553945


Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting read... The premise is interesting, but Blazac focuses a lot on characters' thoughts, their history, the history of France, and descriptions so the action gets a bit lost. Definitely a scholar's book.
Date published: 2018-04-20

Editorial Reviews

'... translated here into lucid, straightforward, easily readable contemporary English.'Forum for Modern Language Studies Vol. XXX