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  • H.G Wells

    This book contains the following works arranged alphabetically by authors last names The Mysterious Mansion [Honoré de Balzac] The Tomb of Heiri [Arthur Christopher Benson] Chickamauga [Ambrose Bierce] An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge [Ambrose Bierce] The Death of Halpin Frayser [Ambrose Bierce] A Halloween Wraith [William Black] The Goblin's Collection [Algernon Blackwood] The Wood of the Dead [Algernon Blackwood] Let Loose [Mary Cholmondeley] The Horror of the Heights [Arthur Conan Doyle] The Lift [Arthur Conan Doyle] The Terror of Blue John Gap [Arthur Conan Doyle] Captain Murderer [Charles Dickens] The Trial for Murder [Charles Dickens] Cold Ghost [Chester S....read more

  • Honore De Balzac

    Chris Dolan's dramatisation of Honore de Balzac's entertaining tale of family rivalry and fortunes lost and won, set in 19th-century France. Episode 1:After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Philippe Bridau becomes a reckless gambler who steals from his mother to finance his obsession. She foolishly continues to idolise him, and it is left to his more dependable brother Joseph to rescue the family from destitution. Episode 2: Philippe's gambling has left his family destitute and his political activities have landed him in jail. His mother and brother seek financial help from a rich elderly relative, but a pretty young housekeeper and her lover have already laid plans to rob the old man of...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    Honoré de Balzac is one of the most renowned French novelists. His magnum opus, La Comédie Humaine (The Human Comedy) is a panorama of life in France in the years after the fall of Napoleon; his keen observation of detail, subtle psychology and unfiltered representation of society gave him his place as one of the founders and great masters of realism in European literature. His characters are complex, morally ambiguous and utterly real. The Conscript is one of the stories from the great collection making up the Human Comedy; it captures the human cost of revolution in a terribly touching way. Madame de Dey is a noble, rich widow whose son, an officer in the dragoons, has chosen to follow...read more

  • Honore de Balzac

    Acclaimed 19th-century French novelist HonorE de Balzac is widely regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. In Cousin Bette, Lisbeth Fischer feels she's been wronged -- though much of what she perceives may only reside in her imagination. Seeking vengeance against the family of her beautiful cousin, Adeline, she leverages the uncontrollable sexual appetites of her cousin's husband as the linchpin of her...read more

  • Honore de Balzac

    Bette, a poor relation of the beautiful Adeline, nurses a terrible grudge against her cousin's family, on whom she depends. That family is slowly being ruined by the uncontrollable sexual appetites of Adeline's husband, Baron Hulot-and it is this weakness that will give the cunning Cousin Bette an opportunity to exact her vengeance. A profound examination of obsessive passion, this masterpiece exemplifies what Henry James described as Balzac's "huge, all-compassing, all-desiring, all-devouring love of reality." One of Balzac's "scenes of Parisian life," Cousin Bette offers a hypnotic vision of the infinitely varied city during the bright, vital, and scandalous era of King Louis-Philippe....read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    Lisbeth Fischer has lived in the shadow of her beautiful cousin Adeline for much of her life. Pampered while Lisbeth works in the fields, Adeline makes an enviable leap in status when Baron Hulot offers her his hand in marriage. Out of kindness, they bring Lisbeth to Paris, where she falls in love with the artist Wenceslas, her protégé. However, when she is jilted for Adeline's daughter Hortense, her jealousy and rage exponentially intensify, and she resolves to bring the Hulot family to ruin, employing the cold seductress Valérie Marneffe as her vehicle for revenge. A classic tale of obsession, self-destruction and unabated desire, Cousin Bette is a blazing portrayal of libertine...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    Ein junger Mann wird Zeuge eines Zugunglücks, bei dem ein Adliger ums Leben kommt. Im Sterben gibt dieser ihm den Auftrag, seiner Geliebten die Nachricht seines Todes zu überbringen. Mit gemischten Gefühlen macht sich der junge Mann auf den Weg ... Die bewegende Erzählung Honoré de Balzacs als Hörbuch. Zusätzlich auf diesem Hörbuch: die Erzählung: 'Der...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    Julie, lebensfroh und willensstark, schlägt die Warnungen ihres Vaters in den Wind und heiratet den Offizier Marquis d'Aiglemont. Doch der Triumph über ihre selbstbestimmte Heirat währt nicht lang. Bald erkennt Julie, dass ihr Ehemann zwar rechtschaffen und zuvorkommend aber auch distanziert und sterbenslangweilig ist. Verzweifelt versucht sie ihrem goldenen Käfig zu entfliehen und findet, inzwischen dreißig Jahre alt, Trost in den Armen des Diplomaten Charles de Vandenesse - eine Affäre mit tödlichen Folgen. Balzacs Roman über einen folgenschweren Ausbruch aus dem Korsett gesellschaftlicher Moral - feinfühlig gelesen von Cornelia...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    Eine Verschwörung gegen Napoleon im Jahr 1806 ist der Ausgangspunkt dieses Romans, den Balzac 1842 veröffentlichte. Die Königstreuen wollten die Macht an sich reißen und den Kaiser stürzen. Doch die Hintergründe dieser Verschwörung blieben viele Jahre im Dunklen. Erst Jahrzehnte später lüftet sich bei einer Abendgesellschaft das Geheimnis... Walter Hilsbecher liest Balzacs Roman, der auf historischen Ereignissen beruht und mit seiner sich auf Indizien und Zeugenaussagen stützenden schrittweisen Aufklärung als unmittelbarer Vorläufer des modernen Kriminalromans...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    El elixir de la larga vida es una nueva versión, algo grotesca, de la historia de Don Juan y sus infiernos. Juan Belvídero es el único hijo de un rico hacinado italiano. Es un joven holgazán, amoral, frívolo caprichoso que espera impaciente en su palacio de Ferrara, en Andalucía, heredar a su anciano progenitor. La noche en que su padre está al borde de la muerte, le hace una sorprendente confesión: ha encontrado la fórmula oriental del elixir de la larga vida, y la guarda en un pequeño frasco. Don Juan promete rociar a su padre con el dichoso líquido una vez que éste fallezca, pero un inesperado incidente hará que la maniobra...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    The Elixir of Life is a fantastic tale by the French novelist and writer Honoré de Balzac in which he gives a satirical version of the legend of Don Juan. This early short story was originally published in 1830; like all the component pieces of Balzac's Comédie Humaine, it is considered a stand-alone piece of literature. The spoiled son of a Spanish nobleman, Don Juan Belvidero cannot wait for the moment to claim the family wealth and title for himself. His father has him called to his death-bed, to inform him that he is in possession of a magic, death-defying potion. If the son will only rub the liquid on his dead body, the father will come back to life. Don Juan assures his father that...read more

  • Honore de Balzac

    Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) is arguably the greatest European novelist in terms of the range and power of his writing. Most of his short stories predate his long novels and are written in a different style. One of the earliest is An Episode of the Reign of Terror in which two nuns and a priest in hiding from the mob are visited by a stranger with a very peculiar request, and even odder motives behind it. The nuns and the priest are curious as to the identity of the mysterious man... but nothing can prepare the old priest for the shock he experiences when he discovers who his visitor really...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    Una de las novelas mas impresionantes de su ciclo 'La comedia humana', y considerada por muchos como su obra maestra, en Eugenia Grandet, Balzac pinto un retrato inolvidable y elocuente de un avaro a quien nada le importa ni tiene escrupulo alguno con alguien, ni siquiera con su hija, con tal de aumentar sus riquezas. Las maquinaciones del viejo miserable y la forma como destruye una serie de vidas, incluso la de su hija Eugenia, conforma un profundo estudio psicologico, ademas de una novela apasionante que en ningun momento pierde su interes. Junto con el personaje Moliere, esta descripcion de una de las mas desafortunadas taras humanas, ocupa lugar destacado dentro de la...read more

  • Honore de Balzac

    Eugénie Grandet is Balzac's first great novel and one of the series Comédie Humaine. At the beginning of the story the heroine lives an unfulfilled life in rural France, her nature crushed by a domineering and miserly father.Gallant cousin Charles arrives and acts as a catalyst on Eugénie’s personality and emotions. Will her love survive the strong self opinion of the young man and the selfishness of her father or is Eugénie’s reward destined to be in...read more

  • Honore de Balzac

    This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare s finesse to Oscar Wilde s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any...read more

  • Honore de Balzac

    In his startling and tragic novella Farewell (‘Adieu’), Balzac adds to the 19th century’s literature of the hysterical woman: sequestered, confined in her madness; mute, or eerily chanting in her moated grange. The first Mrs Rochester lurks in the wings; the Lady of Shalott waits for the shadowy reflection of the world outside to shatter her illusion. Freud’s earliest patients will soon enter the waiting-room in their turn. Whilst out hunting two friends come across a strange waif-like woman shut up in a decaying chateau which one of them dubs “the Palace of the Sleeping Beauty”. Soon we are dragged back to the terrible masculine reality of the 1812 retreat of Napoleon’s...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    Impoverished young aristocrat Eugène de Rastignac is determined to climb the social ladder and impress himself on Parisian high society. While staying at the Maison Vauquer, a boarding house in Paris's rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève, he encounters Jean-Joachim Goriot, a retired vermicelli maker who has spent his entire fortune supporting his two daughters. The boarders strike up a friendship and Goriot learns of Rastignac's feelings for his daughter Delphine. He begins to see Rastignac as the ideal son-in-law, and the perfect substitute for Delphine's domineering husband. But Rastignac has other opportunities too, as the notorious criminal Vautrin, 'The Death Dodger', offers to murder the...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    Father Goriot is an 1835 novel by French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), included in the Scènes de la vie privée section of his novel sequence La Comédie humaine. Set in Paris in 1819, it follows the intertwined lives of three characters: the elderly doting Goriot, a mysterious criminal-in-hiding named Vautrin and a naive law student named Eugène de Rastignac. Originally published in serial form during the winter of 1834–35, Le Père Goriot is widely considered Balzac's most important novel. It marks the first serious use by the author of characters who had appeared in other books, a technique that distinguishes Balzac's fiction. The novel is also noted as...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    'Pere Goriot' is the tragic story of a father whose obsessive love for his two daughters leads to his financial and personal ruin. Interwoven with this theme is that of the impoverished young aristocrat, Rastignac, come to Paris from the provinces to make his fortune, who befriends Goriot and becomes involved with the daughters. The story is set against the background of a whole society driven by social ambition and lust for...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    'Pere Goriot' is the tragic story of a father whose obsessive love for his two daughters leads to his financial and personal ruin. Interwoven with this theme is that of the impoverished young aristocrat, Rastignac, come to Paris from the provinces to make his fortune, who befriends Goriot and becomes involved with the daughters. The story is set against the background of a whole society driven by social ambition and lust for...read more