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Honoré de Balzac

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This tale follows the undulating pathways of Sarrasine the sculptor’s shocking journey to his coming of age. As one of the “fathers of realism” Balzac painted with his words a vivid portrait of life in the swirling salons of Europe at the end of the Bourbon monarchy, and we follow Sarrasine from France to Italy in search of both his métier and his muse.
However it is also the story of La Zambinella, an Italian singer with whom Sarrasine falls madly and passionately in love. But that passion holds a secret which Sarrasine spies too late.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .remain beside him, affectionate and watchful, as if the touch of man, or the faintest breath, would shatter that extraordinary creature. The countess would try to draw nearer to him without apparently intending to join him; then, assuming a manner and an expression in which servility and affection, submissiveness and tyranny, were equally noticeable, she would say two or three words, to which the old man almost always deferred; and he would disappear, led, or I might better say carried away, by her. If Madame de Lanty were not present, the Count would employ a thousand ruses to reach his side; but it always seemed as if he found difficulty in inducing him to listen, and he treated him like a spoiled child, whose mother gratifies his whims and at the same time suspects mutiny. Some prying persons having ventured to question the Comte de Lanty indiscreetly, that cold and reserved individual seemed not to understand their questions. And so, after many attempts, which the cir. . . Read More

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So this story hit a little close to home. It could be easily modernized. I really cannot say much about it because I can’t think of any way of explaining how this story affected me without just totally spoiling it. De Balzac had my heart. In his hands throughout most of this short story. God I so wa

Honoré de Balzac wrote a short story before the "La Comédie Humaine" project, linking it to the "Scenes of Parisian life".
This text builds on a double story. First, in the frame story and the framed narrative, the two echo each other by demonstrating love failure.
Balzac knows how to link the setting

Πόσο σύγχρονοι τελικά είναι οι κλασικοί συγγραφείς! Καταπληκτική γραφή, εξαιρετικό θέμα.

The difference between romantic and realistic love is that the Monstrous in the first case is something spooky, something out of the depths of human imagination or something tragic, camouflaged by rivers of tears and thunderous sighs. In the second case, that of realistic love, the monster is potent

Ancora un ballo
Ancora un ballo tra il «fuoco dei diamanti» e i «cenni d’intesa», in mezzo alle «più belle donne di Parigi», che è «la città più divertente del mondo e la più filosofica». Ma qui, a differenza della
Paix du ménage
, serve solo da struttura portante alla narrazione principale, zuppa

Διαβάστε το πριν σας διαβάσει ο παπάς. Και τα δύο. Αντε κουνηθειτε !!


**It's a 4,5**

I really don't like myself when i get lazy, and i have been lazy for the past several days and instead of writing a review i would just sit on my pc and do nothing.

I was away and i was browsing through a bookstore and i saw that tiny little book. Sarassin is a small nov

This feverish novelette about artistic creation and sexual identity is, perhaps, best introduced as being a kind of Bourbon-Restoration The Crying Game. The eponymous Sarrasine, a moody eighteenth-century sculptor, visits Italy and falls head over heels for a prima donna he sees at the opera; but tr

Ονορέ ντε Μπαλζάκ, σπουδαίος και μοναδικός τεχνίτης της ρεαλιστικής γραφής. Αποδίδει στα έργα του μορφές, χαρακτήρες,γεγονότα,χώρους,διακοσμήσεις,
ενδυμασίες,λόγια,σκέψεις,συλλογισμούς,συμπεράσματα και διεισδύσεις στον εσωτερικό κόσμο των ηρώων του με απόλυτα αριστουργηματικό τρόπο.

Με απλότητα,σαφήν

Ernest-Jean Sarrasine was the son of a rich lawyer that, after many problems at school, decided to become an artist. He started to work as a sculptor and after winning a competition, he went on to Rome. There he entered the Argentina Theatre and met Zambinella, an Opera singer. From that moment, he

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