The Secrets of a Princess
Sprache - Englisch
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This is a historical novel that tells the story of Madame la Princesse de Cadignan. After the disasters of the revolution of July, which destroyed so many aristocratic fortunes dependent on the court, Madame la Princesse de Cadignan was clever enough to attribute to political events the total ruin she had caused by her extravagance. The prince left France with the royal family, and never returned to it, leaving the princess in Paris, protected by the fact of his absence; for their debts, which the sale of all their salable property had not been able to extinguish, could only be recovered through him. The revenues of the entailed estates had been seized. In short, the affairs of this great family were in as bad a state as those of the elder branch of the Bourbons. This woman, so celebrated under her first name of Duchesse de Maufrigneuse, very wisely decided to live in retirement, and to make herself, if possible, forgotten. Paris was then so carried away by the whirling current of events that the Duchesse de Maufrigneuse, buried in the Princesse de Cadignan, a change of name unknown to most of the new actors brought upon the stage of society by the revolution of July, did become a stranger in her city.
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Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) stands as a towering figure in French literature, renowned for his comprehensive and penetrating exploration of society and the intricate tapestry of human behavior. Born in Tours, France, Balzac was intent on becoming a writer despite early setbacks and relentlessly pursued his passion, eventually becoming a master of the novel form. A founder of realism in European literature, he crafted characters of immense depth, set within the vividly depicted social strata of the nineteenth century. His storytelling prowess is evident in the sprawling, ambitious La Comédie Humaine, a sequence of interlinked novels and stories depicting French life after the fall of Napoleon. Within this context, 'The Secrets of a Princess' is yet another testament to Balzac's intricate understanding of the complexities of aristocratic life and the elaborate social codes that govern it. His works remain profound reflections on the nature of power, ambition, and human desire, often delving into the dynamics of wealth and its impact on personal and societal ethics. Beyond his narrative mastery, Balzac's literary style is noted for its detail, layered characters, and the melding of realism with a penetrating psychological insight. Today, Balzac's work continues to influence writers and scholars, securing his legacy as a monumental architect of modern realism in literature.
Genre: Sprache - Englisch
Umfang: 53 Seiten
Größe: 348,3 KB
Veröffentlichung: 10. August 2022