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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

Community Reviews

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 pot...more

Ο πρώτος μου Balzac. Ο οποίος με απλές αλλά τόσο ζωντανές περιγραφές καταφέρνει να σε πετάξει κατευθείαν στην εποχή, το σκηνικό και τη στιγμή τα οποία περιγράφει. Ο ήρωάς του βιώνει όλα του τα συναισθήματα στο απόλυτο: ο ενθουσιασμός, η εμμονή, ο έρωτας και η εξύψωση, η απογοήτευση και η πτώση, η...more

Ancora un ballo
Ancora un ballo tra il fuoco dei diamanti e i cenni dintesa, 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 di esoti...more

İlk görüşte aşık olup kur yaptığı sahne sanatçısının daha sonradan erkek olduğunu öğrenmesiyle dünyası allak bullak olan Sarrasinein trajikomik hikayesini okuyucuya sunan "Sarrasine", Balzacın okurken en keyif aldığım eserlerinden biri olduğunu söyleyebilirim. Kısa olması sebebiyle ünlü yazarın s...more

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

First time reading Honoré de Balzac and I am impressed. I'll be brief.
His descriptions are splendid and the story was interesting (although at first I wasn't following and felt a bit lost) When the narrator started telling the story of Sarrasine he got me. It was shocking and keep in mind when i...more


**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...more

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...more

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,σα...more

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,...more

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