Selected Short Stories by Honore de Balzac


Selected Short Stories by Honore de Balzac ISBN: 9780140443257. Twelve stories are representative of the tragic, melodramatic, sentimental, pathetic, and comic aspects of Balzac’s art and testify to his keen sense of irony when observing the human condition.

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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 Comedie 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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Weight 202 g
Dimensions 197 × 129 × 16 mm
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