Title: Lost Illusions
Publisher: Modern Library, NY
Publication Date: 1985
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Almost Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Book Type: Classics
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
Synopsis: Illusions perdues was written by the French writer Honoré de Balzac between 1837 and 1843. It consists of three parts, starting in the provinces, thereafter moving to Paris, and finally returning to provincial France. Thus it resembles another of Balzac?s greatest novels, La Rabouilleuse (The Black Sheep), in that it is set partly in Paris and partly in the provinces. It is, however, unique among the novels and short stories of the Comédie humaine by virtue of the even-handedness with which it treats both geographical dimensions of French social life. Lucien Chardon, the son of a lower middle-class father and an impoverished mother of remote aristocratic descent, is the pivotal figure of the entire work. Living at Angoulême, he is impoverished, impatient, handsome and ambitious. His widowed mother, his sister Ève and his best friend, David Séchard, do nothing to lessen his high opinion of his own talents, for it is an opinion they share.
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