The Girl with the Golden Eyes and Other Stories (Chef-d'œuvre inconnu-Sarrasine-Fille aux yeux d'or)
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The Girl with the Golden Eyes and Other Stories (Chef-d'œuvre inconnu-Sarrasine-Fille aux yeux d'or)

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Sexual attraction, artistic insight, and the often ironic relationship between them are the dominant themes in the three short works by Balzac collected in this volume.
In Sarrasine, an impetuous young sculptor falls in love with a diva of the Roman stage, but rapture turns to rage when he discovers the reality behind the seductiveness of the singer's voice. The ageing art...more
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Oxford University Press (first published 1835)
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Maan Kawas
Three beautiful novellas by the great French novelist Balzac! In addition to their beautiful language and dialogues, the novellas show Balzac’s mastering at depicting exquisite and innovative plots, which render each work of his its own uniqueness. Although two of the novellas includes homoerotic implications and themes, but one possible theme that can be similar in the three works might be the obsession and the pursuits of the desires and urges fulfillment by the heroes of the three novels. A s...more
This is a wonderful collection of short stories from Balzac. This is my first time reading him, and he seems so avant-garde for his epoch. Each story took me by surprise and I love the intrigue he creates. Balzac is also a master of description. The Girl with the Golden Eyes has to be one of my favorite short stories ever, if not for the way he captures the feelings that come with love and passion. His work is stunning.
Carina Mcdonagh
Quite good twists in the tales of the stories - Pretty bold considering when they were written, but far too much descriptive build up. Could have done with less of the author's opinions and scene setting and lengthier story lines.
Almost noir in style, these stories don't give you time to make a connection with the characters. The stories claim to represent the darker side of Paris, but I think they show the diversity of people's motives.
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Honoré de Balzac was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815.

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