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About the Author: Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815.

Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities. His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelists Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James and Jack Kerouac, as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. Many of Balzac's works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.

An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school. His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life, and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed as a legal clerk, but he turned his back on law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine. Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician. He failed in all of these efforts. La Comédie Humaine reflects his real-life difficulties, and includes scenes from his own experience.

Balzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly due to his intense writing schedule. His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews. In 1850, he married Ewelina Hańska, his longtime paramour; he died five months later.

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Hardcover, Published in Oct 2012 by Cabaret Voltaire

ISBN10: 849376437X | ISBN13: 9788493764371

Page count: 672

Published between 1832 and 1837, these short stories constitute an extraordinary project of playful writing whose exuberant use of invented language caused a scandal in the literary world at the time. Complemented by the engravings of Gustave Doré, the stories purport to provoke the readers’ merriment and laughter through their mocking tone and ostensible immorality. Thanks to the cross references between the individual tales, the result is a collection of circular short stories that make up an interrelated and well-constructed whole.


Publicados entre 1832 y 1837, estos cuentos constituyen un proyecto insólito de escritura lúdica cuya exuberancia en el uso de un lenguaje inventado significó un escándalo para el mundo literario de la época. Complementados por los grabados de Gustave Doré, los cuentos pretenden provocar la alegría y risa del lector mediante un espíritu burlón y una inmoralidad pretendida. Gracias a las referencias cruzadas entre los tratados individuales, el resultado es una colección de cuentos circulares que componen un todo entrelazado y bien construido.

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