The Atheist's Mass

The Atheist's Mass : Classic Literature

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Classic Literature - COMPLETE NEW EDITION - The Atheist's Mass - By Honore De Balzac - Translated by Clara Bell. The story is set in Paris, France, in the first half of the 19th Century. It tells the story of Desplein, a Surgeon with unsurpassed skill. He strongly avows atheism but still he attends a Catholic mass four times each year. Horace Bianchon is another respected surgeon who once studied under Desplein sees him entering a church and decides to watch Desplein to find out why he apparently prays and hears mass. Bourgeat is a poor man who helped Desplein when he was nothing but a poor medical student. Sacristan is the Roman Catholic priest responsible for preparing and maintaining the churches vestments and altar and for seeing to the day-to-day operation of the sacristy, a room in a church behind the main altar.show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 1.52mm | 86.18g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514288419
  • 9781514288412

About Honore de Balzac

Honore de Balzac (20 May 1799 - 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comedie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Owing to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multifaceted characters, who are morally ambiguous. His writing influenced many subsequent novelists such as Marcel Proust, Emile Zola, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Edgar Allan Poe, Eca de Queiros, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Oscar Wilde, Gustave Flaubert, Benito Perez Galdos, Marie Corelli, Henry James, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino, and philosophers such as Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Many of Balzac's works have been made into or have inspired films, and they are a continuing source of inspiration for writers, filmmakers and critics."show more

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