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At the Sign of the Cat and Racket: The Comedy of Human Life, Volume VII
 
 
Author
Honore de Balzac.
Publisher Nonsuch  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 6.6 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781845880514
Pages/Publication Date 320/2005
Daedalus Item Code 13880
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Here are six stories from Honoré de Balzac's magnum opus The Comedy of Human Life, concerning marriage, spoiled children, beauty, money, the aristocracy, child abuse, and "the art of living." Money is a motivating force in all of the stories of this collection, from the desire of Emilie de Fontaine to marry a rich Peer of France in "The Ball at Sceaux" to the unusual attitude of Madame Firmiani towards the fortune of Octave de Camps in "Madame Firmiani." La Comédie HumaineThe Comedy of Human Life—is the collective title given to a series of about 100 linked novels and stories from the great French writer. Conceived in 1834, Balzac's idea was to produce a work with philosophical underpinnings that would survey all aspects of French society since the Revolution in some 150 novels and short stories with up to 2,000 characters, a gargantuan project that was about two-thirds completed by the time of his death in 1850.

"All his volumes form but a single book, wherein our contemporary civilization is seen to move with a certain terrible weirdness and reality—a marvelous book, which the maker of it entitled a comedy and which he might have entitled a history."—Victor Hugo

 
 
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