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Lost Illusions

Honore de Balzac

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ISBN 10: 0394605233 / ISBN 13: 9780394605234
Published by Modern Library, NY, 1985
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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DJ has very small crease on bottom edge of DJ spine, lightly knicked on bottom front/rear corners of DJ. 695pp. Brown cloth. Stated First Modern Lib. Ed., 1985 Printing. Tight, square, bright copy with firm corners. No remainder mark. No internal names, notes or markings. Crisp, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover ($8.95). Translated from the French by Kathleen Raine. USPS Tracking provided. (H) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 18526

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Title: Lost Illusions

Publisher: Modern Library, NY

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Almost Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Classics

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"Lost Illusions" is one of the greatest novels in the rich convoy of the "Human Comedy" by Balzac. The story is about a young poet, Lucien Chardon who leaves the outmoded life to seek his success in Paris. He tries to make a name for himself in Paris. This classic will keep you gripped till the very end with its impressive touches.

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"Balzac [was] the master unequalled in the art of painting humanity as it exists in modern society," wrote George Sand. "He searched and dared everything."
Written between 1837 and 1843, Lost Illusions reveals, perhaps better than any other of Balzac's ninety-two novels, the nature and scope of his genius. The story of Lucien Chardon, a young poet from Angouleme who tries desperately to make a name for himself in Paris, is a brilliantly realistic and boldly satirical portrait of provincial manners and aristocratic life. Handsome and ambitious but naive, Lucien is patronized by the beau monde as represented by Madame de Bargeton and her cousin, the formidable Marquise d'Espard, only to be duped by them. Denied the social rank he thought would be his, Lucien discards his poetic aspirations and turns to hack journalism; his descent into Parisian low life ultimately leads to his own death.
"Balzac was both a greedy child and an indefatigable observer of a greedy age, at once a fantastic and a genius, yet possessing a simple core of common sense," noted V. S. Pritchett, one of his several biographers. Another, Andre Maurois, concluded: "Balzac was by turns a saint, a criminal, an honest judge, a corrupt judge, a minister, a fob, a harlot, a duchess, and always a genius."

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