The Girl With the Golden Eyes

The Girl With the Golden Eyes

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When the night came, he went to the meeting-place, and quietly let himself be blindfolded.

Raw as Honor#65533; de Balzac is famed to be, this daring novella--never before published as a stand-alone book--is perhaps the most outlandish thing he ever wrote. While still concerned with the depiction of the underside of Parisian life, as is most of Balzac's oeuvre, The Girl with the Golden Eyes considers not the working lives of the poor, but the sex lives of the upper crust.

In a nearly boroque rendering with erotically charged details as well as lush and extravagant language, The Girl with the Golden Eyes tells the story of a rich and ruthless young man in nineteenth century Paris caught up in an amorous entanglement with a mysterious beauty. His control slipping, incest, homosexuality, sexual slavery, and violence combine in what was then, and still remains, a shocking and taboo-breaking work.

The Art of The Novella Series

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Melville House Pub., [2007]
ISBN: 9780976658313
Branch Call Number: FICTION BALZAC
Characteristics: 120 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Mandell, Charlotte


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Aug 03, 2015

"One of those sights in which horror is to be encountered is, surely, the general aspect of the Parisian populace--a people fearful to behold, gaunt, yellow, tawny."
This 1835 novella is taken from a longer work called "The History of the Thirteen." All are part of Balzac's massive interconnected body of work Comedie Humaine (the Human Comedy). It's both a passionate, tragic love affair between a decadent French man and a Spanish beauty and a corrosive indictment of the greed, corruption, and stupidity Balzac saw in French society. For those unfamiliar with the great French novelist, this is a good entry point. Also see "Pere Goriot" and "Cousin Bete."


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