The Wild Ass's Skin

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Digireads.com Publishing, 1 janv. 2010
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The Wild Ass's Skin is Honoré de Balzac's 1831 novel that tells the story of a young man, Raphaël de Valentin, who discovers a piece of shagreen, in this case a rough untanned piece of a wild ass's skin, which has the magical property of granting wishes. However the fulfillment of the wisher's desire comes at a cost, after each wish the skin shrinks a little bit and consumes the physical energy of the wisher. The Wild Ass's Skin is at once both a work of incredible realism, in the descriptions of Parisian life and culture at the time, and also a work of supernatural fantasy, in the desires that are fulfilled by the wild ass's skin. Balzac uses this fantastical device masterfully to depict the complexity of the human nature in civilized society.
  

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Review: The Wild Ass's Skin (La Comédie Humaine)

Avis d'utilisateur  - Marija - Goodreads

While it's certainly more sensational and attention getting, I don't like this literal translation of the title of Balzac's novel. The original title of the book is Le Peau de Chagrin. When ... Consulter l'avis complet

Review: The Wild Ass's Skin (La Comédie Humaine)

Avis d'utilisateur  - Liam Guilar - Goodreads

"Desire sets us aflame and Power destroys us but knowledge leaves our frail organism in a state of perpetual calm." Balzac, as Peter Brooks claims in "Enigmas of Identity" anticipates and in some ways ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Section 1
3
Section 2
19
Section 3
40
Section 4
148
Section 5
149
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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.

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