The Wild Ass's Skin
Digireads.com Publishing, 1 janv. 2010
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 - Maria - Goodreads
This isn't the edition I read. My book is one translated by Atwood Townsend, with an excellent afterword by Henri Peyre. French title is Le Peau de chagrin. Poor young poet (shades of Sorrowing ... Consulter l'avis complet
Review: The Wild Ass's Skin (La Comédie Humaine)Avis d'utilisateur - 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 ...