Colonel Chabert

Colonel Chabert


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The story of a French military hero of the Napoleonic Wars, long assumed to be dead, tries to recover his fortune and former wife through the help of a famous Parisian lawyer.

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ISBN-13: 9780811213592
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 11/28/1997
Pages: 101
Sales rank: 564,139
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) was born in Tours. By the time of his death, he had written over one hundred novels, novellas, and plays, all the while working as a journalist. Colonel Chabert is one of the "Scenes from Private Life," which is a part of Balzac's well-known life-long project, La Comedie Humaine.

Carol Cosman has translated works by Albert Camus and René Daumal, among others.

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"Balzac...worked out in his mind to the last detail, his vast structural design of the multifarious forms of human society."

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"I suppose Balzac is the greatest novelist who ever lived."

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Colonel Chabert 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GarySeverance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Colonel Chabert¿ is one of Honore de Balzac¿s volumes from his omnibus work, "The Human Comedy." The Colonel is a comic figure in and old military great coat and a wig who is ridiculed by young legal workers at the beginning of the novel. But, the joke is on the clerks, because Chabert is a war hero of the Napoleonic era given up for dead on a battlefield at Eylau. This translation from the French by Carol Grosman tells the story of the old soldier¿s resurrection in contemporary jargon. The novel is relevant today considering the service of soldiers in many wars continuing in our world. What happens to these heroes when wars end, or more accurately, shift to new fronts? Balzac paints the portrait of one old colonel who remains honorable and as a consequence seals his fate. The translation is very readable and the short novel is brief ¿scene from private life.¿ The work will stimulate further interest in the monumental work of Balzac who had a relatively short life (1799-1850).
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