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Honoré de Balzac
Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Owing to his keen observation of detail and... show more
Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Owing 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 multifaceted characters, who are morally ambiguous. His writing influenced many subsequent novelists such as Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Edgar Allan Poe, Eça de Queirós, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Oscar Wilde, Gustave Flaubert, Benito Pérez Galdós, Marie Corelli, Henry James, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino, and philosophers such as Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Many of Balzac's works have been made into or have inspired films, and they are a continuing source of inspiration for writers, filmmakers and critics.
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Birth date: 1799-05-20
Died: 1850-08-18
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Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it 2 months ago
“…non è questione di morire, bisogna vivere, che è più piacevole, e vivere bene, che è stupendo” Honoré era il tipo che, avendo bisogno urgentemente di denaro per risolvere un debito, proponeva a un grande editore di giornali due suoi articoli per il mattino successivo dietro pagamento anticipato,...
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it 3 months ago
Quando l’occhio penetra la realtà per rappresentarla, la ricerca della perfezione può sfociare nella follia ossessiva dell’artista. Balzac ci guida nella Parigi del 1612 in rue des Grands-Augustins, dove il giovane Nicolas Poussin si reca per chiedere al maestro Franciois Porbus di svelargli i seg...
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it 10 months ago
Siamo a Saumur, dov’è quella strada “calda d’estate, fredda d’inverno, buia in certi punti, è notevole per la sonorità del selciato, sempre pulito e asciutto, per la strettezza della carreggiata tortuosa, per il silenzio delle case che appartengono alla città vecchia e sulle quali incombono i bastio...
Garden-of-Stars
Garden-of-Stars rated it 2 years ago
I didn’t expect to love “Old man Goriot” as much as I ended up doing so in the end. I was afraid it would be uptight and wordy, like many people tend to say about novels of the 18th and 19th centuries. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to connect with the writing and the characters, to find somethin...
Edward
Edward rated it 2 years ago
IntroductionNote on the TextTranslator's NoteSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Honoré de BalzacMap: Paris in 1830--The Wild Ass's SkinAppendix: Balzac's Preface to the First Edition, August 1831Explanatory Notes
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