By (author) Graham Robb

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 521 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 38mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 22 September 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330320157
  • ISBN 13: 9780330320153
  • Edition: IllustratedNew edition
  • Edition statement: Illustrated, New
  • Illustrations note: facsimiles, portraits
  • Sales rank: 440,340

Product description

Graham Robb has produced a masterpiece of literary biography in which Balzac bursts into life on every page. The living manifestation of the colourful and varied world he described, yet at the same time its most astonishing exception, Balzac is the perfect subject for biography. Robb skilfully interweaves the life with the work to paint an indelible and brilliantly compelling portrait of one of the great tragicomic heroes of the nineteenth century, a man whose influence both in and outside his native France has been and is still immense. 'Graham Robb does a superb job in bringing Balzac to life in all his preposterousness, while still letting us appreciate his genius' Sunday Independent 'Robb's Balzac is a fine achievement: an impressive work of scholarship and an enormously enjoyable read. In a well-paced narrative, he blends solid evidence with amusing anecdote, patient evaluation with witty aside' Guardian

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Editorial reviews

Balzac's gargantuan appetite for life enabled him not only to produce one of the great novel sequences in La Comedie Humaine, but also to lie, cheat and love across Europe at a breathless pace for all his 30-odd adult years. This biography, shortlisted for the 1994 Whitbread Prize, is superb, making the reader anxious to discover or rediscover the original works as well as providing an honest, sympathetic, warts-and-all analysis of the French author's life. (Kirkus UK)