The Human Comedy

The Human Comedy

Selected Stories

Book - 2014
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"We think of Honore Balzac as the author of long and fully upholstered novels, stitched together into the magnificent visionary document called The Human Comedy. Yet along with the full-length fiction within The Human Comedy stand many shorter works, and it's here that we get some of his most daring explorations of crime, sexuality, and artistic creation. As Marcel Proust noted, it is in these tales that we detect, under the surface, the mysterious circulation of blood and desire. All are newly translated by three outstanding translators who restore the freshness of Balzac's vivid and highly coloured prose"--
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781590176641
Characteristics: xxi, 428 pages ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Comédie humaine.


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Apr 28, 2018

I quite liked most of the stories; they're compulsively readable, and rather fast paced; my favorites were 'Sarrasine', 'A passion in the desert', and 'Adieu'.

Feb 22, 2015

"It is impossible to describe the scenes of high comedy that lay beneath this algebraic account of his life."
The Human Comedy (La Comedie Humaine) is the title given to Balzac's massive collected work, which includes novels, stories, and essays. Along with Flaubert, Zola, and de Maupassant, Balzac laid the groundwork for the modern novel and for the realist movement. This edition is comprised of 7 short stories and the novella "The Duchesse de Langeais." There's a helpful introduction and explanatory notes. If you like this, "Pere Goriot" (Old Goriot) is your next stop on the Balzac train. Fun fact: He drank a ton of coffee to fuel his work.

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