New PDF release: The Human Comedy: Selected Stories (New York Review Books

By Honore de Balzac,Peter Brooks,Linda Asher,Carol Cosman,Jordan Stump

An NYRB Classics Original

Characters from each nook of society and all walks of life—lords and girls, businessmen and army males, terrible clerks,  unforgiving moneylenders, aspiring politicians, artists, actresses, swindlers, misers, parasites, sexual adventurers, crackpots,  and more—move throughout the pages of The Human Comedy, Balzac’s multivolume magnum opus, an interlinked chronicle of modernity in all its beauty and squalor. The Human Comedy comprises the nice roomy novels that experience exercised this kind of sway over Balzac’s many literary inheritors, from Dostoyevsky and Henry James to Marcel Proust; it additionally includes an array of brief fictions during which Balzac is at his such a lot centred and forceful. 9 of those, all newly translated, look during this quantity, and jointly they supply an unequaled evaluate of a good writer’s obsessions and artwork. listed here are “The Duchesse de Langeais,” “A ardour within the Desert,” and “Sarrasine”; stories of insanity, illicit ardour, ill-gotten profits, and crime. What unifies them, Peter Brooks issues out in his creation, is an incomparable storyteller’s fascination with the facility of storytelling, whereas all through we additionally discover what Proust so prominent: the “mysterious flow of blood and desire.”

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