Selected Short Stories by Honore de BalzacSelected Short Stories by Honore de Balzac

Selected Short Stories

byHonore de BalzacTranslated bySylvia RaphaelIntroduction bySylvia Raphael

Paperback | May 26, 1977

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One of the greatest French novelists, Balzac was also an accomplished writer of shorter fiction. This volume includes twelve of his finest short stories - many of which feature characters from his epic series of novels the Comédie Humaine. Compelling tales of acute social and psychological insight, they fully demonstrate the mastery of suspense and revelation that were the hallmarks of Balzac's genius. In "The Atheist's Mass," we learn the true reason for a distinguished atheist surgeon's attendance at religious services; "La Grande Breteche" describes the horrific truth behind the locked doors of a decaying country mansion, while "The Red Inn" relates a brutal tale of murder and betrayal. A fascinating counterpoint to the renowned novels, all the stories collected here stand by themselves as mesmerizing works by one of the finest writers of nineteenth-century France.

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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...
Title:Selected Short StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.8 × 5.14 × 0.69 inPublished:May 26, 1977Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140443258

ISBN - 13:9780140443257

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stories run the gamut from heartwarming to suspenseful This collection, contains, in order: El Verdugo; Domestic Peace; A Study in Feminine Psychology; An Incident in the Reign of Terror; The Conscript; The Red Inn; The Purse; La Grande Breteche; A Tragedy by the Sea; The Atheist's Mass; Facino Cane and Pierre Grassou. I think my personal favorites are An Incident in the Reign of Terror, The Red Inn, and The Atheist's Mass. I've had my copy for about 20 years, and I re-read them once in a while. I can't compare them to any of his other works, but these are good, though there is a bit of a slow-burn. Some struggled to hold my interested as far as halfway through, but it in the end it was worth it. I don't really understand why El Verdugo was first- I found it boring and it might put some readers off, but a great selection overall.
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Table of Contents

Selected Short StoriesIntroduction
El Verdugo
Domestic Peace
A Study in Feminine Psychology
An Incident in the Reign of Terror
The Conscript
The Red Inn
The Purse
La Grande Bretèche
A Tragedy by the Sea
The Atheist's Mass
Facino Cane
Pierre Grassou