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  • Honore de Balzac

    Le Père Goriot est un roman d’Honoré de Balzac, écrit en 1834, dont la publication débute dans la Revue de Paris et qui paraît en 1835 en librairie. Il fait partie des Scènes de la vie privée de la Comédie humaine. Le Père Goriot établit les bases de ce qui deviendra un véritable édifice : la Comédie humaine, construction littéraire unique en son genre, avec des liens entre les volumes, des passerelles, des renvois. (Résumé par Wikipédia) Le Père Goriot (English: Father Goriot or Old 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....read more

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    Malgré l’avis de son père, Juliette épouse l’homme dont elle est follement amoureuse, un colonel de Napoléon à l’avenir prometteur. Les années passant, elle réalise que son père avait bien raison… Un gentilhomme anglais, qui s’est épris d’elle, parvient à gagner son coeur. Elle restera malgré tout vertueuse, causant ainsi, sans le vouloir, sa mort. Une nouvelle rencontre, M. de Vandenesse, changera drastiquement le cours de sa vie. Cela aura des conséquences bien funestes sur le bonheur de sa famille. In spite of her father’s opinion that the man is unworthy of her, Juliette marries her first love, a promising colonel of Napoleon. As the years go...read more

  • Honore de Balzac

    Listeners who like to plunge straight into a story would do well to skip the lengthy preamble. Here, Balzac the virtuoso satirist depicts the levels of Parisian society as a version of the Inferno of Dante - but perhaps keeps the reader waiting too long for the first act of his operatic extravaganza. Our beautiful, androgynous hero, Henri de Marsay, is one of the bastard offspring of a depraved Regency milord and himself practises the cynical arts of the libertine. His quarry is the exotic Paquita Valdes, she of the golden eyes. But there is a mysterious third person in this liaison... The shocking truth of their interrelationships marks this out at once as one of those French...read more

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    Published by Honoré de Balzac in the tempestuous year of 1830, the 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. (Summary by...read more

  • Honore de Balzac

    Ce n'était pas une petite tâche que de peindre les deux ou trois mille figures saillantes d'une époque, car telle est, en définitif, la somme des types que présente chaque génération et que La Comédie Humaine comportera. Ce nombre de figures, de caractères, cette multitude d'existences exigeaient des cadres, et, qu'on me pardonne cette expression, des galeries. De là, les divisions si naturelles, déjà connues, de mon ouvrage en Scènes de la vie privée, de province, parisienne, politique, militaire et de campagne. Dans ces six livres sont classées toutes les Etudes de moeurs qui forment l'histoire générale de la Société, la collection de tous ses faits et gestes, eussent...read more

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    Au cours d'une promenade, le comte Henri de Marsay, un dandy féroce investi d'un pouvoir qui lui permet de plier toute personne à sa volonté rencontre Paquita, une jeune femme d'une exceptionnelle beauté. A partir de cet instant, le comte n'aura de cesse de tenter de se l'approprier et lance une expédition pour l'enlever. Mais Paquita est jalousement gardée par la Marquise de San-Réal qui est follement amoureuse d'elle. Celle-ci finira par tuer sa maîtresse... La Fille aux yeux d'or est le troisième volet de l'Histoire des Treize qui regroupe Ferragus, La Duchesse de Langeais et La Fille aux yeux d'or. (Résumé par...read more

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    Love in a Mask, or Imprudence and Happiness, is an entertaining short novel by Honoré de Balzac, unpublished in his lifetime. Beginning with a flirtatious conversation at a masked ball, Balzac introduces his two main characters, a beautiful wealthy young widow and a gallant cavalry officer, and demonstrates his creative genius with deft plot twists of hidden identity and romantic intrigue. The translation is by Alice M. Ivimy. --Lee...read more

  • Honoré De Balzac

    Brothers Philippe and Joseph Bridau are completely unlike each other: Philippe, a once courageous soldier and Napoleon's former aide-de-camp, is their mother's favourite, while Joseph, a poor and aspiring artist, is the less favoured of the two. When their mother, Agathe, is reduced to poverty and Philippe amounts gambling debts following unemployment, the family joins together to focus their attentions on Agathe's brother, Jean-Jacques Rouget, the heir of the family fortune. The struggle for his inheritance pits them against Flore Brazier, 'La Rabouilleuse', Jean-Jacques's maid and the apple of his eye, and her lover Maxence Gilet, a crafty rake who manipulates her for his own financial...read more

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    One of renowned French author HonorE de Balzac's finest works, PEre Goriot provides a fascinating glimpse into Parisian life of the early 19th century. The rich character studies and themes of class, personal ambition, and materiality make this insightful novel as compelling today as when it was first published. At the shabby boarding house in the rue Neuve-Sainte-GeneviEve, petty Madame Vauquer and her tenants wonder at the plight of the aging resident Goriot. Once a well-heeled merchant, Goriot was-at first-afforded special treatment from the Madame. But now something is clearly amiss in his financial affairs, and his increasingly tawdry appearance makes him a subject of ridicule in the...read more

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    Balzac's universally loved novel explores the great theme of money and its effect on the human character. Old Goriot is a lodger at Madame Vanquer's Parisian boardinghouse. At first, his wealth inspires respect, but as his circumstances are reduced, he is gradually shunned by the others. He moves into smaller and less desirable rooms in the house, and soon his only remaining visitors are two beautiful young women. The mystery as to who they are and what is happening to Goriot's fortune involves several other boarders, including Eugene Rastignac, an ambitious youth who hopes to rise in society. With its complicities and alliances, mysteries and betrayals, passions and ambitions, the house...read more

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    'The possession of power, no matter how enormous, does not bring the knowledge how to use it.' Raphael, a failed writer, finds himself deep in debt and unrequited in love, so he decides to take a suicidal plunge into the Seine River. Before he can, however, he discovers a magic leather skin in an antiquity shop. Its supernatural powers grant him his every wish, but it extracts a terrible toll! This parable depicts the malaise of nineteenth-century...read more

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    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

  • Honoré De Balzac

    Este audiolibro está narrado en castellano. En 1612 el joven Nicolas Poussin (18 años), lleno de ambición y ansiedad, se presenta en el taller de François Porbus (42 años), pintor en plena madurez que había estado al servicio de Enrique IV y que, tras su asesinato en 1610, fue 'abandonado' por la regente María de Medicis. Allí Poussin coincide con Frenhofer, otro pintor ya anciano, muy reputado, quien critica un cuadro de Porbus presente en su taller y al cual da unas pinceladas que lo mejoran asombrosamente. Discuten y hablan acerca del arte, de teorías y actitudes artísticas, mostrando Frenhofer pasión y claridad de ideas. Poussin ejecuta un dibujo que recibe las alabanzas de...read more

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    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

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    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

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    Letters of Two Brides is an epistolary novel. The two brides are Louise de Chaulieu (Madame Gaston) and Renée de Maucombe (Madame l’Estorade). The women became friends during their education at a convent and upon leaving began a life-long correspondence. For a 17 year period, they exchange letters describing their lives. Michelle Crandall reads Renee’s letters, and Kara Shallenberg reads Louise’s. Letters from the men in their lives are read by Peter Yearsley, David Barnes, Denny Sayers, and Sean...read more

  • Honore de Balzac

    Ce n'était pas une petite tâche que de peindre les deux ou trois mille figures saillantes d'une époque, car telle est, en définitif, la somme des types que présente chaque génération et que La Comédie Humaine comportera. Ce nombre de figures, de caractères, cette multitude d'existences exigeaient des cadres, et, qu'on me pardonne cette expression, des galeries. De là, les divisions si naturelles, déjà connues, de mon ouvrage en Scènes de la vie privée, de province, parisienne, politique, militaire et de campagne. Dans ces six livres sont classées toutes les Études de moeurs qui forment l'histoire générale de la Société, la collection de tous ses faits et gestes, eussent...read more

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    Sylvestre Palafox-Castel-Gazonnal, dit Gazonnal, « monte » à Paris pour régler un procès qui l’oppose au préfet de son département, les Pyrénées-Orientales, et qui a été transféré au Conseil d'État. Les aventures du personnage principal sont prétexte à la présentation d’une galerie de portraits balzaciens qui vont de la « lorette » (le rat d’Opéra Ninette), au directeur de journal (Théodore Gaillard), du concierge Ravenouillet à la marchande à la toilette (Madame Nourrisson). (Résumé par...read more

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    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

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    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