The Human Comedy: Selected Stories

byHonore De BalzacEditorPeter BrooksTranslated byLinda Asher

January 21, 2014|
The Human Comedy: Selected Stories by Honore De Balzac
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Characters from every corner of society and all walks of life—lords and ladies, businessmen and military men, poor clerks,  unforgiving moneylenders, aspiring politicians, artists, actresses, swindlers, misers, parasites, sexual adventurers, crackpots,  and more—move through the pages of The Human Comedy, Balzac’s multivolume magnum opus, an interlinked chronicle of modernity in all its splendor and squalor. The Human Comedy includes the great roomy novels that have exercised such a sway over Balzac’s many literary inheritors, from Dostoyevsky and Henry James to Marcel Proust; it also contains an array of short fictions in which Balzac is at his most concentrated and forceful. Nine of these, all newly translated, appear in this volume, and together they provide an unequaled overview of a great writer’s obsessions and art. Here are “The Duchesse de Langeais,” “A Passion in the Desert,” and “Sarrasine”; tales of madness, illicit passion, ill-gotten gains, and crime. What unifies them, Peter Brooks points out in his introduction, is an incomparable storyteller’s fascination with the power of storytelling, while throughout we also detect what Proust so admired: the “mysterious circulation of blood and desire.”
Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), one of the greatest and most influential of novelists, was born in Tours and educated at the Collège de Vendôme and the Sorbonne. He began his career as a pseudonymous writer of sensational potboilers before achieving success with a historical novel, The Chouans. Balzac then conceived his great work, L...
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Title:The Human Comedy: Selected StoriesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:464 pages, 7.98 X 5.03 X 0.97 inShipping dimensions:464 pages, 7.98 X 5.03 X 0.97 inPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590176642

ISBN - 13:9781590176641

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