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Bureaucracy

by Honore de Balzac

In Paris, where men of thought and study bear a certain likeness to one another, living as they do in a common centre, you must have met with several resembling Monsieur Rabourdin, whose acquaintance we are...


Beatrix

by Honore de Balzac

Béatrix is an 1839 novel by French author Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) and included in the Scènes de la vie privée section of his novel sequence La Comédie humaine. It first appeared in the periodical...


Beatrix

by Honore de Balzac

Béatrix is an 1839 novel by French author Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) and included in the Scènes de la vie privée section of his novel sequence La Comédie humaine. It first appeared in the periodical...


Love in a Mask

by Honore de Balzac

Balzac, in gratitude to the Duchesse de Dino for her friendship and unfailing kindness to him, one day presented her with the story of "L'Amour Masque" (Love in a Mask) in his own handwriting. The duchess was...


Alkaest

by Honore de Balzac

There is a house at Douai in the rue de Paris, whose aspect, interior arrangements, and details have preserved, to a greater degree than those of other domiciles, the characteristics of the old Flemish buildings,...


The Magic Skin

by Honore de Balzac

Set in early 19th-century Paris, it tells the story of a young man who finds a magic piece of shagreen that fulfills his every desire. For each wish granted, however, the skin shrinks and consumes a portion...


Le Père Goriot

by Honore de Balzac

Le Père Goriot is widely considered Balzac's most important novel. This is the story of the relationship between a doting father and his two adult daughters. Blinded by his love for his children, Père Goriot...


Eugenie Grandet

by Honore de Balzac

Eugenia è una ragazza ingenua e sentimentale che vive a Saumur, una grigia cittadina della provincia francese. È figlia di un commerciante di vini spilorcio e meschino, che si è arricchito con i suoi traffici....


Selected Short Stories (Dual-Language)

by Honore de Balzac

6 short-story masterpieces by great French novelist include "An Episode During the Terror," "A Passion in the Desert," "The Revolutionary Conscript," 3 more. Excellent new English translations on facing pages....


The Human Comedy: Selected Stories

by Honore de Balzac, Linda Asher & Peter Brooks

An NYRB Classics Original

Characters from every corner of society and all walks of life—lords and ladies, businessmen and military men, poor clerks,  unforgiving moneylenders, aspiring politicians, artists,...


Father Goriot

by Honore 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,...


The Marriage Contract

by Honore de Balzac

A Marriage Contract (French: Le Contrat de mariage) is an 1835 novel by French author Honoré de Balzac and included in the Scènes de la vie privée section of his novel sequence La Comédie humaine. Set in...


The Brotherhood of Consolation

by Honore de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac, a renowned French novelist and playwright, is known for his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society. Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European...


Eugenie Grandet

by Honore de Balzac

Depicting the fatal clash between material desires and the liberating power of human passions, Honore de Balzac's "Eugenie Grandet" is translated with an introduction by M.A. Crawford in "Penguin Classics"....


The Duchesse of Langeais

by Honore de Balzac

In The Duchesse of Langeais, Honore De Balzac tells us the story of an ill-fated love affair between a Parisian socialite and a Napoleonic war hero. The depth of character is astonishing and the writing superb....


Père Goriot

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

This outstanding French realist novel contrasts the social progress of an impoverished but ambitious aristocrat with that of a father whose obsessive love leads to personal and financial ruin. "The modern King...


Folk-Tales of Napoleon: The Napoleon of the People and Napoleonder

by Honore de Balzac, Alexander Amphiteatrof & George Kennan

This collection brings together two short stories, one from the father of French realism, Honore de Balzac, the other from Russian writer Alexander Amphiteatrof. Both of the tales are related to Napoleon in...


EUGENIE GRANDET

by Honore de Balzac

The five-foot-high Grandet allows his avaricious passion to thwart his daughter, Eugenie's, love in the classic work of social satire, carnal desire, greed, and obsession. 


The Girl with the Golden Eyes

by Honore de Balzac & Charlotte Mandell

When the night came, he went to the meeting-place, and quietly let himself be blindfolded.

Raw as Honoré de Balzac is famed to be, this daring novella—never before published as a stand-alone book—is perhaps...


Domestic Peace

by Honore de Balzac, Ellen Marriage & Clara Bell

From the "Scenes of Private Life" section of Honore de Balzac's great masterwork The Human Comedy, this novella is set at a grand ball at the height of the Napoleonic era. The usual suspects from the city's...