Author: Honore de Balzac
Translator: Cheol Lee
Publisher: Munhakgwa Jiseongsa
194 pages | 176*124mm
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About This Book
2. The Hidden Masterpiece
3. The Exiles
Ernest-Jean Sarrasine's father was a wealthy attorney, but he went against his father's will and became a sculptor. He was a success in Paris, winning a prize and much praise. Sarrasine then goes to Rome, burning with ambition. He has only been in Rome a fortnight when he happens to pass the Argentina theatre at a time when there is an enormous crowd gathered to see Zambinella and Jomelli. His first experience hearing Italian music plunges him into an ecstasy of delight. When he sees Zambinella he describes her to himself as "more than a woman, a masterpiece."
The Hidden Masterpiece
A successful painter and his protege visit an old master who has overworked himself. For ten years he has worked on his masterpiece without anyone yet obtaining the merest glimpse of it.
Les Proscrits (The Exiles) was placed by Balzac in the Philosophical group. It takes place in the 14th century, several centuries prior to the bulk of the Human Comedy. In the year 1308 few houses were yet standing on the Island formed by the alluvium and sand deposited by the Seine above the Cite, behind the Church of Notre-Dame. The first man who was so bold as to build on this strand, then liable to frequent floods, was a constable of the watch of the City of Paris, who had been able to do some service to their Reverences the Chapter of the Cathedral; and in return the Bishop leased him twenty-five perches of land, with exemption from all feudal dues or taxes on the buildings he might erect... One evening in April in the year 1308, Tirechair came home in a remarkably bad temper. For three days past everything had been in good order on the King's highway. Now, as an officer of the peace, nothing annoyed him so much as to feel himself useless. He flung down his halbert in a rage...
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