The Wild Ass's Skin

Paperback | September 29, 1977

byHonore de BalzacTranslated byHerbert J. HuntIntroduction byHerbert J. Hunt

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Balzac is concerned with the choice between ruthless self-gratification and asceticism, dissipation and restraint, in a novel that is powerful in its symbolism and realistic depiction of decadence.

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One of Honore de Balzac’s greatest philosophical studies, this work is an imaginative and intellectual masterpiece. Featuring a magic piece of shagreen as its main symbol, The Wild Ass’s Skin conveys Balzac’s concept of the human will, insistently dramatizing the choice between pitiless self-indulgence and asceticism, vice and virt...

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Balzac is concerned with the choice between ruthless self-gratification and asceticism, dissipation and restraint, in a novel that is powerful in its symbolism and realistic depiction of decadence.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,70...

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Balzac is concerned with the choice between ruthless self-gratification and asceticism, dissipation and restraint, in a novel that is powerful in its symbolism and realistic depiction of decadence.

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.08 × 5.11 × 0.7 inPublished:September 29, 1977Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140443304

ISBN - 13:9780140443301

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One of Honore de Balzac’s greatest philosophical studies, this work is an imaginative and intellectual masterpiece. Featuring a magic piece of shagreen as its main symbol, The Wild Ass’s Skin conveys Balzac’s concept of the human will, insistently dramatizing the choice between pitiless self-indulgence and asceticism, vice and virtue, debauchery and self-control. Gripping and intensely realistic, the book features powerful symbols, perceptive psychology, skillful dialogue and energetic descriptions including the gambling den, the orgy and the overwhelming climax. Translator Herbert J. Hunt brilliantly captures Balzac’s subtle irony and surprising boldness.