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History of the Thirteen

Honore De Balzac


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PUBLISHED: 30th November 1975
ISBN: 9780140443011
ANNOTATION:
The three short novels that make up this book are concerned in part with the activities of a rich, powerful, sinister and unscrupulous secret society in nineteenth-century France.
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  • Paperback
    $22.40
PUBLISHED: 30th November 1975
ISBN: 9780140443011
ANNOTATION:
The three short novels that make up this book are concerned in part with the activities of a rich, powerful, sinister and unscrupulous secret society in nineteenth-century France.

Annotation

The three short novels that make up this book are concerned in part with the activities of a rich, powerful, sinister and unscrupulous secret society in nineteenth-century France.

Publisher Description

Passionate and perceptive, the three short novels that make up Balzac's History of the Thirteen are concerned in part with the activities of a rich, powerful, sinister and unscrupulous secret society in nineteenth-century France. While the deeds of 'The Thirteen' remain frequently in the background, however, the individual novels are concerned with exploring various forms of desire. A tragic love story, Ferragus depicts a marriage destroyed by suspicion, revelation and misunderstanding. The Duchess de Langeais explores the anguish that results when a society coquette tries to seduce a heroic ex-soldier, while The Girl with the Golden Eyes offers a frank consideration of desire and sexuality. Together, these works provide a firm and fascinating foundation for Balzac's many later portrayals of Parisian life in his great novel-cycle The Human Comedy.

Author Biography

Balzac was born in 1799, the son of a civil servant. At the age of thirty - heavily in debt and with an unsucessful past behind him - he started work on the first of what were to become a total of ninety novels and short stories that make up The Human Comedy. He died in 1850.

Product Details

Pages
400
Publisher
Penguin Books
Series
Penguin Classics
Language
English
ISBN-10
0140443010
ISBN-13
9780140443011
Media
Book
Year
1975
Publication Date
1975-11-30
Translator
Herbert James Hunt
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Translated from
French
Illustrations
bibliography
Edition
1st
Author
Honore De Balzac
Short Title
HIST OF THE 13
Format
Paperback
Residence
FR