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Kadonneet illuusiot

(La Comédie Humaine #38)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,655 ratings  ·  300 reviews
A Angoulême, David Séchard, un jeune poète idéaliste, embauche dans son imprimerie un ami de collège, Lucien Chardon, qui prendra bientôt le nom de sa mère, Rubempré. Poète lui aussi, il bénéficie d'une sorte de gloire locale et fréquente le salon de Louise de Bargeton à qui le lie bientôt une intrigue sentimentale qui fait tant jaser que tous les deux partent pour Paris. ...more
Hardcover, 617 pages
Published 1983 by Love kirjat (first published 1837)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-french
"No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman."

When I left the farm at the age of 18 and jerry rigged my battered Camaro into a sputtering, but functional machine that could, by the grace of all that is holy, get me to Phoenix. I might have bore resemblance to Lucien de Rubempre the hero of Lost Illusions. Well, okay, there were some differences. I did not look like a Greek God. I did not have David Sechard as a best friend who lent me his last 1,000 francs
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Ahmad Sharabiani
912. Illusions perdues = Lost Illusions (The Human Comedy, 1799–1850), Honoré de Balzac
Illusions (Lost Illusions) is a serial novel, written by the French writer, Honoré de Balzac, between 1837 and 1843. It consists of three parts, starting in provincial France, thereafter moving to Paris, and finally returning to the provinces. Thus it resembles another of Balzac’s greatest novels, La Rabouilleuse (The Black Sheep, 1842), in that it is set partly in Paris and partly in the provinces. It is, how
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Luís C.
In the mid-eighteenth century, in France, the media, like the newspaper, had its emergence. As of this date there was a revolution in the media by means of this mass information vehicle that would only be surpassed centuries later with the invention of the remaining media: radio, television, satellite communication and that will culminate with the interfaces of hypermedia, that is, the computer. Honoré de Balzac, in his book Lost Illusions tells us the whole trajectory of the newspaper since its ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
Unfortunately for most French people, they were forced to read Balzac in school and were not given the real time or context to fully appreciate his work. Plus they mostly only get the highly moralistic Peau de Chagrin and, fed up, finish their book report and never seek out Balzac again. That is quite unfortunate particularly when it comes to this particular masterpiece. In Illusions Perdues, we have one of French literatures greatest bildungsroman ever with the coming of age of the two protagon ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Honore de Balzac wasn't finished writing yet when he died on 18 August 1850. Yet at the time of his death he had already written a good number of journal articles and some 90 novels. The literary characters he had created are estimated to be between 2,000 to 3,000. Was he sick? Did he have some sort of a mania for writing on and on? No. The secret of his prolificness, I guess, was in his favorite drink. It was said that at one time he wrote for 18 straight hours, without sleep, subsisting only o ...more
David Lentz
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As much as I enjoyed Pere Goriot, Lost Illusions is the kind of a literary work that lets you peer into the soul of a great mind and dwell there. Just as Lucien was Balzac, the lost poet, David Sechard, the printer, is also Balzac the craftsman in real life: he bought a print shop in Paris to print his own novels. Sechard is much like the scientist in the Quest of the Absolute, except that David ultimately finds himself through his invention and the inventor in The Quest becomes lost to his own ...more
[P]
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
For me there are a great many things that contribute to a rewarding reading experience, an almost ineffable series of qualities that a novel must possess for me to be able to enjoy it. Indeed, these things are what I am looking for when I am sat on my bed losing my mind for days on end, surrounded by shaky towers of books. Yet there is perhaps a single, fairly straightforward thing that elevates my favourites above the others, which is that I see something of myself in them. The more of myself I ...more
Alexander Santiago
Mar 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Of all of Balzac's novel, "Lost Illusions" is my absolute fave (I've reread it about 5 times). The story of a young man, the preternaturally beautiful Lucien Chardon (de Rubempre), a fledgling poet who wants to escape his provincial life in the town of Angouleme, and dreams of literary success and hobknobbing with the beau monde, the wealthy, and the literati in the grand salons in the big city of Paris (much like any of us who grew up in small towns and cities and dreamt of leaving for somethin ...more
Maloja Snake
Το έργο αυτό είναι ίσως το κορυφαίο έργο του Μπαλζάκ και με απορρόφησε εντελώς (σχεδόν). Πραγματοποιεί την πιο πιστή, λεπτομερή, πολύπλοκη και κυνική αποτύπωση ενός ολόκληρου κόσμου, μπορεί και όλου του κόσμου κάθε εποχής. Μας παρουσιάζει τον κόσμο της επαρχίας και της πόλης, της δημοσιογραφίας, της τυπογραφίας της λογοτεχνίας, των εκδόσεων, της πολιτικής, του θεάτρου και τέλος του εμπορίου. Φυσικά καταπιάνεται και με την οικογένεια, τη φιλία τον έρωτα και ότι άλλο συνεπάγεται η ανθρώπινη κατάστ ...more
Ana Carvalheira
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sublime!! Tudo ... a prosa, a narrativa, as personagens, o quadro social, urbano e rural da França do primeiro quarto do século 19.

Nunca li nada de Honoré de Balzac que não tivesse pura e simplesmente adorado! É um autor notável com vasta obra publicada mas infelizmente com poucos títulos traduzidos em português.

Recomendo vivamente a leitura de Ilusões Perdidas que narra as aventuras e desventuras de Lucien du Rubempré, um jovem e belo poeta que troca a família e a vida pacata de Angouleme para
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Nelson Zagalo
As ilusões discutidas são tantas que é difícil fazer uma resenha sobre tudo aquilo que trespassa este livro, mas diga-se que sem uma reflexão sobre o que se leu, uma análise do todo e daquilo que o autor parece querer dizer, podemos acabar por ficar à porta das intrigas e conflitos, muito bem urdidos, mas não propriamente o mais consequente da obra. A história terá uma base forte autobiográfica, mas mesmo assim Balzac não se limita ao seu pequeno mundo, coloca em questão um jogo de caminhos, enc ...more
Siti
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letto
“Quel ragazzo non è un poeta, è un perpetuo romanzo”.

Così esclama un personaggio sul finire di questo impegnativo volume della Commedia umana, a siglare l’uscita di scena di Lucien de Rubempré, uno dei protagonisti principali accanto all’amico, poi cognato, David Séchard e alla sorella Eve.
Quanto le sue peripezie dalla provincia a Parigi sono in divenire perenne, tanto lo sono quelle concomitanti della sorella e del cognato, la cui vita è legata alle ambizioni del giovane che parte alla volta de
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Sam
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a young man from the provinces, I do so enjoy a "young man from the provinces" novel - that being said, this might be the mother of all such works, primarily because of Balzac's unrelenting attention to detail. Like many a novelist who pretends to traffic in moral opposition (literature good, journalism bad!) Balzac saves his juiciest and most loving description for the baddies - the description of the pestilent Wooden Galleries where literary fortunes are bought and sold in shanty-town books ...more
Dagio_maya
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Qui triomphera ? la maladie de l'homme, ou l'homme de la maladie ?”

Pubblicato in tre parti tra il 1837 e il 1843 (“Les deux poètes”; “Un grand homme de province à Paris”; “Eva e David”, conosciuto anche come “Les Souffrances de l’inventeur”) e dedicato a Victor Hugo,questo romanzo fa parte della vasta gamma degli “Studi dei costumi” e, più specificamente, delle “Scene di vita di provincia”.

Ed è proprio dalla provincia che la storia prende l'avvio: la monotona provincia che Balzac da subito ci
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Nazanin
این سخن بگذار تا وقتی دگر


در فرصتی دوباره اگر روزگار مجال داد، از این نسخه به ترجمه جوان تری از بالزاک کوچ خواهم کرد تا مگر این آرزوی "فعلا" بر باد رفته، روزی، با خواندن نثری سلیس تر، تحقق یابد
Megan Chance
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was cynical before this, but Balzac has made me see that I suffer from a severe lack of imagination. My God! Lost Illusions could not be a more apt title for this book. The milk of human kindness is seldom in evidence here, and when it is, it is annihilated by self interest, jealousy and malice. I have rarely read a book that had me more tense, uncertain whether to pray for a character’s deliverance (usually a pointless exercise in French lit), bang his/her head against the wall, or ...more
AC
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-french
Interesting, long, archaic... reading Braudel simultaneously illuminates many of the details of a work that stands at the start of the process of the modernization and embourgeoisement of Europe. As for theme, I have myself met more than a few who, flattered by powerful people, fell in love with their own myth -- only, in real life, most of them have flourished and flourished quite well. It is those with conscience and scruple, more often than not, who have suffered. But maybe that is a sign of ...more
Yiannis
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Υπέροχο, κλασικός Μπαλζάκ.
Sandra
Baudelaire ha definito Balzac come “l’uomo dalle imprese iperboliche e fantasmagoriche”. Se si legge la sua biografia, si comprende come tutto in lui fosse eccessivo, al di sopra delle righe, quasi che dentro di sé vi fosse una potente energia centripeta a stento trattenuta. La sua scrittura è come l’uomo Balzac: brillante, ricca, sovrabbondante. A mio parere magnifica. Nonostante i miei gusti letterari siano orientati verso una scrittura raffinata ed elegante, ma equilibrata, come quella di Fla ...more
David
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Illusions! Lost ones! Where are they? Joking about it now, 'lost illusions' is a really sad thought, you can never get them back! The notion of illusion in fiction is something really interesting to me, and I think I dwell on it quite a bit in my reviews either consciously or unconsciously. I mean, is there anyone really without illusions? I hope not, it seems like an awfully sad life to live without illusions. Whenever I think of illusionment or disillusionment, my mind always floats away to Wa ...more
Jack
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century, europe
This isn't so much a Bildungsroman as it is an exploration of a young man's failure to mature. Balzac and Dickens are two sides of a coin - Dickens is 'the English Balzac' and Balzac 'the French Dickens'. Of Dickens I've only read The Pickwick Papers, a gentle comedy, and Hard Times, one of his minor works, so I can't be sure whose side to declaim, but Balzac certainly seems more hard-hearted. Since I'm not fluent in French, I presume his characters' names are less silly, at least.

This has the m
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Henry Martin
Balzac's Lost Illusions is a massive literary undertaking, and an attempt to delve deep into the world of humanity with all its great deeds and basest desires. Yet, taking the entire volume of Balzac's Human Comedy into perspective, Lost Illusions is nothing but a small piece of the enormous mosaic this author created in the short span of a decade.

Like with all his works I read to date, Lost Illusions offers its readers spectacular writing, well developed characters, just enough but not too muc
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Dagny
Lost Illusions (Illusions Perdues) is a trilogy of three novels which should be read in order:
The Two Poets (Les Deux Poetes)
A Distinguished Provincial at Paris/A Great Man of the Provinces in Paris (Un Grand homme de province a Paris)
Eve and David/The Trials of the Inventor (Le Souffrances de l'inventeur)

The story continues in a fourth novel:
Scenes from a Courtesan's Life/A Harlot High and Low (Splendeurs et Miseres des Courtisanes)

See the individual titles for more information.
Jonfaith
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While there were issues with the structure of the novel, the disparate scenarios involving Lucien and David are removed from one another to a cumbersome degree. Compounding this, the tragedy which envelops David and Eve is soaked and blurred in jargon and legal asides. I sense that Balzac was thinking long-term and indifferent to these quibbles. That said, Lost Illusions is a narrative triumph and one i will treasure.
Elena Druță
Recenzia cărții, aici.
Davide
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paris

«Nessuno chiede a Balzac di essere Stendhal. A Balzac si chiede solo di essere Dio.» (Bolaño)
Gabrielle Dubois
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
Balzac said about his Lost Illusions that they were "the main work in the work". It's a novel about the functioning of the "literature machine".
Lucien, a young poet from Angoulême, local but not very big fame, is taken to Paris by his protector Mme de Bargenton. In Paris, all the illusions are allowed to him, which doesn’t mean that they will necessarily become realities.

Balzac, work and money.
To make a fortune was the eternal thought of Balzac. He ran after gold and money while creditors and ba
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Tony
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Balzac, Honore de. LOST ILLUSIONS. (1837-1843; Eng. Trans. 1971). ****. First off, you need a lot of quiet time to read this massive novel by Balzac. It is not an airplane or a beach book. This novel is one of the cornerstones of Balzac’s vast panorama of French society, The Human Comedy. The series itself comprises over a hundred novels, short stories and studies. It belongs to the section of this series titled Scenes of Provincial Life, even though over half of the novel takes place in Paris. ...more
Justin Evans
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
At the risk of sounding self-aggrandizing, I read this while holidaying in Paris, and that was a great choice. It's only my second Balzac, and already I'm pretty sure what I'm going to get: straight plot, semi-mythical characters, and not a whole lot of style. This isn't really my kind of thing, but Balzac is just so all-in that it's hard not to get pulled along in his wake. And anyway, he's so explicitly writing about great abstractions (here: Art, Media, Capitalism, Class, Love) that I'll alwa ...more
Simona
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leggendo questo libro, mi sono resa conto di quanto mi sia mancato leggere Balzac, i personaggi, lo stile che fanno parte della sua opera.
"Le illusioni perdute" è come recita il titolo, una storia di illusioni, di speranze cadute, di sogni infranti, di speranze mai realizzate o realizzate solo in parte, una storia contorniata da aspetti amari e tristi rappresentati nella figura di Luciano Chardon.
Luciano Chardon, il personaggio principale, nel quale si può identificare Honoré de Balzac, è figl
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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.

Due to his keen observation of fine detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the found
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