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    okładka Kobieta trzydziestoletnia, Książka | Honoré de Balzac
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    okładka Kobieta trzydziestoletnia, Książka | Honoré de Balzac

    Trzydziestoletnia Julia jest rozgoryczona. Jako młoda dziewczyna wyszła za mąż za swojego kuzyna, Wiktora, w poczuciu, że to wielka miłość. Okazało się jednak, że było to zauroczenie, a małżeństwo z Wiktorem jest wybitnie nieudane. Julia jest strasznie rozgoryczona — uprawia „legalną prostytucję”, ale romanse nie dają jej satysfakcji. Nie potrafi także ostatecznie odejść od męża. Oczekuje już tylko na śmierć. Zdaniem tłumacza, Tadeusza Boya-Żeleńskiego, powieść jest swego ro...

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    okładka Małe niedole pożycia małżeńskiego, Książka | Honoré de Balzac
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    okładka Małe niedole pożycia małżeńskiego, Książka | Honoré de Balzac

    Małe niedole pożycia małżeńskiego to zbiór esejów Honoriusza Balzaka, zawierających porady dla małżeństw. Autor opisuje fikcyjne sytuacje, odzwierciedlające jednak prawdziwe problemy małżonków, na przykładzie mieszczańskiej pary — Adolfa i Karoliny. Porusza wiele kwestii, m.in. te emocjonalne, ekonomiczne i wychowawcze, w zależności od problemu posługując się humorem lub poważnym tonem. Małe niedole pożycia małżeńskiego należą do cyklu Komedii Ludzkiej autorstwa Honoriusza ...

    okładka The Chouans, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka The Chouans, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    Two works of 1829 brought Balzac to the brink of success. „Les Chouans”, the first novel he felt enough confidence about to have published under his own name, is a historical novel about the Breton peasants called „Chouans” who took part in a royalist insurrection against Revolutionary France in 1799 that occurred in the region between Brittany and Nantes and Balzac places his story in this accurate historic contest. Balzac is one of France’s greatest storytellers and this ...

    okładka Modeste Mignon, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka Modeste Mignon, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    „Modeste Mignon”, by Honoré de Balzac (1846). The heroine of this romance, a young woman of romantic temperament Modeste Mignon, lives in a small city in northwestern France. She has the religious faith of a child, while her mind is exceptionally well informed in many ways. The young girl, daring in her simplicity, enjoys the writings of the famous Parisian poet Melchior de Canalis and imagines herself to be in love with him. However, he is not moved by her attentions. He i...

    okładka The Marriage Contract, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka The Marriage Contract, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    Just a plain old story told by a superb story teller. „A Marriage Contract” (French: „Le Contrat de marriage”) is an 1835 novel by French author Honoré de Balzac and included in the „Scenes de la vie privée” section of his novel sequence „La Comédie humaine”. Set in Bordeaux, the marriage between an elegant but weak young Parisian gentleman, Paul de Manerville, and the beautiful but spoiled daughter of a Spanish heiress, Natalie Evangélista, is undermined from the beginning...

    okładka The Lily of the Valley, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka The Lily of the Valley, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    Autobiographical and exceptionally romantic, „The Lily of the Valley” is an 1835 novel about love and society by French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) and is one of his personal favorites among his innumerable novels. The creator of the „Human Comedy” brings his creative insight to a portrait of a lady and a love affair set in the Loire valley. It concerns the affection – emotionally vibrant but never consummated – between Felix de Vandenesse and Henri...

    okładka Beatrix, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka Beatrix, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    This novel opens in the old town of Guerande which still enclosed by mighty walls and possesses moats still full of water. The houses have not changed and the streets are as they were one hundred years in the past. It is the family seat of the de Guenics. The old society of the town gather here to play cards and gossip, often about the younger generations. The son of the house, Calyste, is going to visit one of the main objects of this gossip and we learn of this person’s p...

    okładka Ursula, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka Ursula, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    „Ursula” novel is one of the pillars of the „Scenes of Provincial Life” section of Honoré de Balzac’s story cycle „The Human Comedy”. Through a series of tragedies and coincidences, a kind and pious teenager named Ursula has been taken in by an octogenarian wealthy doctor, Denis Minoret. Inspired by Ursula’s goodness, Minoret decides to make her his chief heir. This incites the ire of his other relatives, and a ruthless war for Minoret’s estate breaks out. In this book Balz...

    okładka Vendetta, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka Vendetta, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    Fans of Romeo and Juliet will delight in the novella „Vendetta”, Honoré de Balzac’s unique take on the timeless theme of star-crossed lovers. This short novel is a story of love and revenge, dealing with the vendetta between two families of Corsican origin, set in early 19th century Paris just after the fall of Napoleon. It relates the tragic fate of Ginevra Piombo, the daughter of proud Corsican immigrants, who has the misfortune of falling in love with another Corsican Lu...

    okładka The Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka The Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    „Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan” is a comic tale about a society woman, a Princess and a Duchess, who attempts to recycle her slightly seedy past by pursuing a minor literary figure of great probity and innocence. The Princess de Cadignan, aka the Duchesse de Maufrigneuse, has consorted with such notable Balzac rakes as Henri de Marsay, Maxime de Trailles, and Eugene de Rastignac, but is disconcerted to find herself being stalked by an unknown but comely young man. Th...

    okładka The Village Rector, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka The Village Rector, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    Forget the erroneous title, the central figure of this particular slice of Balzac’s lifelong gift to literature is a woman of character, Madame Veronique Graslin. Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) is considered to be one of the fathers of realism in fiction and has crafted a vivid picture of Europe during the end of the Bourbon Monarchy. The first characters presented are the shopkeeper Sauviat and his family. The daughter, Veronique, is beautiful and charming...

    okładka Eugenie Grandet, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka Eugenie Grandet, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    Depicting the fatal clash between material desires and the liberating power of human passions, Honoré de Balzac’s „Eugénie Grandet” (1833) is one of the earliest and most famous novels in his „Comedie humaine” cycle, which portrays a society consumed by the struggle to amass wealth and achieve power. The Grandet household, oppressed by the exacting miserliness of Grandet himself, is jerked violently out of routine by the sudden arrival of Eugenie’s cousin Charles, recently ...

    okładka Cousin Pons, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka Cousin Pons, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    „Cousin Pons” is one of the last and greatest of Balzac’s novels of French urban society: a cynical, pessimistic but never despairing consideration of human nature. The book tells the story of Sylvain Pons, a poor moderately successful musician who is swindled by his wealthy relatives when they learn that his collection of art and antiques is worth a fortune. In contrast to his counterpart Cousin Bette, who seeks revenge against those who have humiliated her, Cousin Pons su...

    okładka The Girl with the Golden Eyes, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka The Girl with the Golden Eyes, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    „The Girl with the Golden Eyes” is the third part of a trilogy. Part one is entitled „Ferragus” and part two is „The Duchesse de Langeais”. The three stories are frequently combined under the title „The Thirteen”. It tells the story of a rich and ruthless young man in nineteenth century Paris caught up in an amorous entanglement with a mysterious beauty. Henri de Marsay, a young dandy who is obsessed with appearances, a physically beautiful but spiritually empty young man w...

    okładka Gobseck, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka Gobseck, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    Originally published in 1830, here we have perhaps Balzac’s best short work, named simply „Gobseck”. Gobseck is a marvelous sketch of a money-lender and miser in Paris during the early part of the nineteenth century who is a font of psychological insight when it comes to humankind’s greed, vanity and other dark motives. His philosophy of never helping anyone because „adversity is the greatest of all teachers” was well known. He also believed that all the peoples of the worl...

    okładka Louis Lambert, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka Louis Lambert, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    Prior to the twentieth century, philosophy was the driving force behind all literature. Authors used the novel as a means to communicate their ideas on man’s purpose and his place in the universe. With Louis Lambert, however, Balzac takes the idea of the philosophical novel a little too far in giving us this odd, chimerical mashup of philosophical treatise and coming-of-age novel. The novel seems to focus on the life and particularly the thoughts of the genius boy protagoni...

    okładka A Start in Life, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka A Start in Life, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    By the French author, who, along with Flaubert, is generally regarded as a founding-father of nineteenth-century realism in European fiction. His large output of works, collectively entitled „The Human Comedy” (La Comedie Humaine), consists of 95 finished works and 48 unfinished works. The novel „A Start in Life” is part of the „Scenes of Private Life” section of Balzac’s masterpiece. In much of Balzac’s work, the aristocracy is portrayed as vain, duplicitous, and greedy. B...

    okładka The Duchesse de Langeais, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka The Duchesse de Langeais, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    This is one of the three novelettes that are grouped together as „The History of the Thirteen”, along with „Ferragus: Chief of the Companions of Duty” and „The Girl with the Golden Eyes”. The whole notion is that there is a secret society of wealthy gentlemen in Paris called „The Thirteen” which has powers approaching the supernatural. General Armand de Montriveau, a war hero, is enamored of Duchess Antoinette de Langeais, a coquettish, married noblewoman who invites him to...

    okładka Ferragus, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka Ferragus, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    „Ferragus” is an 1833 novel by French author Honoré de Balzac and included in the „Scenes de la vie parisienne” section of his novel sequence „La Comédie humaine”. It is part of his trilogy „Histoire des treize”: „Ferragus” is the first part, the second is „La Duchesse de Langeais” and the third is „The Girl with the Golden Eyes”. A captivating story about human emotions and relations, set in the year 1820. Balzac narrates the tale of a man who suspects his wife of infideli...

    okładka Sarrasine, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka Sarrasine, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    This is the coming of age story of a young sculptor named Sarrasine and the choices he will face on his journey towards his destiny. We follow Sarrasine as he travels from France to Italy to search for his passion and find the love of his life. The story of Sarrasine is intertwined with that of the beautiful La Zambinella, and Italian singer with whom the young sculptor will fall madly, deeply in love with. From that moment, he was no longer the owner of his thoughts. Howev...

    okładka An Old Maid, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka An Old Maid, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    Immerse yourself in the inner workings of a quaint French village in this charming novel from Honoré de Balzac, an early master of literary realism. The work was dedicated to Balzac’s brother in law, an engineer in the corps royal des ponts et chaussées, Eugene Midy de la Greneraye Surville. Brimming with finely observed details and Balzac’s trademark insight into human motivations and morality, „An Old Maid”, the first book in „The Jealousies of a Country Town”, follows se...

    okładka The Ball at Sceaux, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka The Ball at Sceaux, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    Emilie de Fontaine is a spoiled and pround brat. She rejects all suitors her father proposes. Emilie has incredibly high standards for the man she will marry, and at the top of her unreasonable list of criteria is that he absolutely must be a peer of France. Leaving Paris for the summer, as all good families do, they go to Sceaux. At the local ball, Emilie falls in love with a charming, beautifully mannered, elegant young man. Is he noble? Will he bestow a title on his wife...

    okładka Domestic Peace, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka Domestic Peace, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    „Domestic Peace”, a short story by Honoré de Balzac, was originally published in 1831 under the French title of „La Paix du Ménage” and can be found in Scenes from private life (Scenes de la vie privee) in „La Comedie Humaine”. It takes place in November of 1809 at the height of Napoleon’s empire, a time of great splendor and decadence. Everyone who’s anyone in the Parisian aristocracy is gathered at a grand ball at the home of the Comte de Gondreville. Two guys Martial and...

    okładka At the Sign of the Cat and Racket, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac
    okładka At the Sign of the Cat and Racket, Ebook | Honoré de Balzac

    Monsieur Guillaume is a draper in Paris. He owns his shop, „La Maison du Chat-qui-pelote” and took the business over from his master, also marrying the daughter. Guillaume is the very portrait of the successful bourgeois. He has three clerks apprenticed to him, the first of whom, Joseph, is an orphan he intends to marry to his elder daughter Virginie. However, Joseph is in love with the younger daughter Augustine but Augustine is in love with a successful artist Théodore. H...