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Title:
Le Colonel Chabert
Author:
Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850.
Publication Information:
Paris : Librairie générale française, 1994.
Physical Description:
188 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm.
General Note:
Le texte de ce volume a été établi d'après l'édition fac-similé des "Oeuvres complètesillustrées" de Balzac publiée par les Bibliophiles de l'Originale.
Language:
French
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ISBN:
9782253098041
Format :
Book

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Enfant trouv , fascin par la carri re des armes, Hyacinthe dit Chabert s'est illustr aux premiers rangs de la Grande Arm e. Laiss pour mort Eylau, puis miraculeusement sauv , il tentera quelques ann es plus tard de retrouver sa place dans une France bourgeoise qui veut oublier ses h ros, aupr s d'une femme qui lui doit tout, qui l-a d pouill et qui le rejette.
Nul destin, peut- tre, n' claire mieux que le sien l'envers de la com die humaine , dans cette trag die domestique doubl e d'un drame social o le sublime c toie constamment le sordide.

Nous n'oublierons jamais l'entr e pitoyable de Chabert l' tude Derville clair e au gaz le matin, avec le d jeuner, r chauff sur la chemin e, des clercs, des clercs rieurs, insolents et clabaudeurs, Chabert avec ses rides blanches, son vieux carrick, Chabert m pris , ali n de cette patrie et de cette femme qu'il continue aimer, d nonc de cette soci t o , bien qu'enfant trouv , il s' tait, si difficilement, fait un nom... Chabert a sa place dans toutes les m moires, c t du cousin Pons et du p re Goriot, et sur le m me rang.
Le Colonel Chabert, admirable histoire de revenant .
Paul Morand.

Edition de St phane Vachon.


Author Notes

Born on May 20, 1799, Honore de Balzac is considered one of the greatest French writers of all time. Balzac studied in Paris and worked as a law clerk while pursuing an unsuccessful career as an author. He soon accumulated enormous debts that haunted him most of his life.

A prolific writer, Balzac would often write for 14 to-16 hours at a time. His writing is marked by realistic portrayals of ordinary, but exaggerated characters and intricate detail. In 1834, Balzac began organizing his works into a collection called The Human Comedy, an attempt to group his novels to present a complete social history of France. Characters in this project reappeared throughout various volumes, which ultimately consisted of approximately 90 works. Some of his works include Cesar Birotteau, Le Cousin Pons, Seraphita, and Le Cousine Bette.

Balzac wed his lifelong love, Eveline Hanska in March 1850 although he was gravely ill at the time. Balzac died in August of that year.

(Bowker Author Biography)