Books by Honoré de Balzac

COLONEL CHABERT by Honoré de Balzac
Released: Nov. 26, 1997

"Both Balzac's infuriating digressiveness and his matchless grasp of the individual submerged in, and overwhelmed by, society are vividly present in this strongly imagined and affecting story."
Colonel Chabert ($9.95 paperback original; Nov. 26; 128 pp.; 0-8112-1359-5): Originally published in 1832 as part of its author's ``Scenes from Private Life,'' this energetic novella offers a virtually perfect introduction to Balzac's teeming ComÇdie Humaine: a vast fictional canvas on which professional men, peasants, whores, and members of the aristocracy, clergy, and military service memorably intermingle and influence one another's destinies. Read full book review >