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La Peau de chagrin

Author: Honoré de Balzac; André Pieyre de Mandiargues; Samuel S de Sacy
Publisher: [Paris] : Gallimard, [1974]
Series: Collection Folio classique, 555.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : FrenchView all editions and formats
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Balzac's classic philosophical novel about a young man (Raphaël) torn between two women, one whom he loves but who does not reciprocate his affections (Foedora, the "woman without a heart") and one who loves him but for whom initially he has only fraternal feelings (Pauline). The sentimental drama is associated with a philosophical one in allegorical form: how does a man live his life ... with intensity but in an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Honoré de Balzac; André Pieyre de Mandiargues; Samuel S de Sacy
ISBN: 2070365557 9782070365555
OCLC Number: 3052307
Description: 437 pages ; 18 cm.
Series Title: Collection Folio classique, 555.
Responsibility: Honoré de Balzac ; préface d'André Pieyre de Mandiargues ; édition établie et annotée par S. [Samuel Silvestre] de Sacy.

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Balzac's classic philosophical novel about a young man (Raphaël) torn between two women, one whom he loves but who does not reciprocate his affections (Foedora, the "woman without a heart") and one who loves him but for whom initially he has only fraternal feelings (Pauline). The sentimental drama is associated with a philosophical one in allegorical form: how does a man live his life ... with intensity but in an existence of short duration, or without desires in a long life? The drama is expressed through the talisman, a wild ass's skin, given to the hero by an old antique dealer. The skin has magical powers: it enables the owner to satisfy any desire, but it shrinks each time it is used. The owner's life is mirrored by the shrinking skin.

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