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The Human Comedy: Selected Stories (New York Review Books Classics)

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Manufacturer: NYRB Classics
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Author(s): Honore de Balzac

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Product Description:
Binding: Paperback
Brand: New York Review of Books
EAN: 9781590176641
Edition: Main
Feature: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590176642
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: NYRB Classics
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: NYRB Classics
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 464
Publication Date: 2014-01-21
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Release Date: 2014-01-21
Studio: NYRB Classics
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New York Review of Books
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An NYRB Classics Original

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.”
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