The Girl with the Golden Eyes and Other Stories

Paperback | November 1, 2012

byHonore de Balzac

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'What holds sway over this country without morals, beliefs, or feelings? Gold and pleasure.'Sexual attraction, artistic insight, and the often ironic relationship between them is the dominant theme in the three short works collected in this volume. In Sarrasine an impetuous young sculptor falls in love with a diva of the Roman stage, but rapture turns to rage when he discovers the realitybehind the seductiveness of the singer's voice. The ageing artist in The Unknown Masterpiece, obsessed with his creation of the perfect image of an ideal woman, tries to hide it from the jealous young student who is desperate for a glimpse of it. And in The Girl with the Golden Eyes, the hero is adandy whose attractiveness for the mysterious Paquita has an unexpected origin. These enigmatic and disturbing forays into the margins of madness, sexuality, and creativity show Balzac spinning fantastic tales as profound as any of his longer fictions. His mastery of the seductions of storytelling places these novellas among the nineteenth-century's richest explorations of artand desire.

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'What holds sway over this country without morals, beliefs, or feelings? Gold and pleasure.'Sexual attraction, artistic insight, and the often ironic relationship between them is the dominant theme in the three short works collected in this volume. In Sarrasine an impetuous young sculptor falls in love with a diva of the Roman stage, ...

Peter Collier has previously translated Zola's Germinal for Oxford World's Classics. Patrick Coleman's books include editions of Rousseau's Confessions and Discourses on Inequality and Constant's Adolphe for Oxford World's Classics, and Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment Writer (Oxford, 2011). He has recently edited Helen Constan...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199571287

ISBN - 13:9780199571284

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SarrasineThe Unknown MasterpieceThe Girl with the Golden Eyes