Collana: Vintage Lives
Anno: 2002
Rilegatura: Paperback
Pagine: 256 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 200 x 130 mm
Peso: 185 gr.
  • EAN: 9780099429579
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Balzac was one of the founding geniuses among the world's great novelists. V. S. Pritchett presents a life-size portrait of the man inside the artist, the exuberant, uncouth provincial who combined encyclopaedic knowledge with the life of an exhibitionist and a would-be dandy, a gourmet, a disastrous financial speculator, a successful pursuer of aristocratic women, a born salesman and an untiring traveller. Yet, with some truth, Balzac called himself a monk, working his sixteen hours a day and keeping going on an ocean of strong coffee. When he died, he left the huge monument of the Com-die Humaine, an unsurpassed picture of French society from the rise and fall of Napoleon until the revolution of 1848.