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Eugénie Grandet
Honoré de Balzac
publisher: , 1833

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Eugénie Grandet
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam,
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'Who is going to marry Eugénie Grandet?'
This is the question that fills the minds of the inhabitants of Saumur, the setting for Eugénie Grandet, one of the earliest and most famous novels in Balzac's great Comedie humaine. The Grandet household, oppressed by the exacting miserliness of Grandet himself, is jerked violently out of routine by the sudden arrival of Eugénie's cousin Charles, recently orphaned and penniless. Eugénie's emotional awakening,
stimulated by her love for her cousin, brings her into direct conflict with her father, whose cunning and financial success are matched against her determination to rebel. Eugénie's moving story is set against the backdrop of provincial oppression, the vicissitudes of the wine trade, and the workings of the financial system in the aftermath of the French Revolution. It is both a poignant portrayal of private life and a vigorous fictional document of its age.

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BOOKS BY HONORé DE BALZAC:

Eugénie Grandet
1833
One of the the earliest and most famous novels in Balzac's Comedie Humaine. Eugénie's emotional awakening brings her into direct conflict with her father, whose cunning and financial success are matched against her determination to rebel.
'La Comédie Humaine'
1830-1850
Multi-volume collection of interlinked novels and stories (nearly 100!) depicting French society in the period of the Restoration and the July Monarchy 1815-1848.

Old Goriot
1834
Monsieur Goriot is one of a select group of lodgers at Madame Vanquer's Parisian boarding house. At first his wealth inspires respect, but as his circumstances are reduced he becomes shunned and soon his only remaining visitors are two beautiful, mysterious young women.
Cousin Bette
1847
The story of the Hulot family. Risen to eminence under Napoleon 1, their aristocratic values leave them bewildered and vulnerable in the money-ridden burgeois Paris of the 1840s. It is also the story of Bette herself, the poor relation whose patient malice finally leads to their demise.
Cousin Pons
1847

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