Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850) was a French novelist. Balzac is know for his complex multi-dimensional characters. This might explain why his books have been included in such a diverse selection of subjects (from bankruptcy to Tintin) by Five Books experts.

“Balzac does cruelty really, really, really well.” Rachel Kushner.

Cousin Bette is a story designed to show you just how awful people are. And, my God, they’re awful! It is one of the most sombre visions of human corruption and perversion, self-indulgence and evil.” David Bellos on the Greatest French Novels.

Books by Honoré de Balzac

I’m reading Lost Illusions. Balzac does cruelty really, really, really well. The cruelty of the father exploiting his own son for his retirement is pretty breathtaking. Balzac did not believe in capitalism, clearly …

Rachel Kushner on Books That Influenced Her

Interviews where books by Honoré de Balzac were recommended

The best books on Tintin, recommended by Michael Farr

The adventures of Tintin are some of the bestselling books of all time, translated from French into languages across the globe, and still in bookshops nearly a century since they first started being published. Their stories, their humour, their characters continue to delight. Here, Tintinologist Michael Farr explains why the Tintin books have such enduring appeal and how their creator, Hergé, came to write them.

The best books on Bankruptcy, recommended by John Ayer

Like the perfume seller in Balzac’s Human Comedy, many people still fear the moral stigma of bankruptcy. But while modern bankruptcy laws allow people to walk away from their debts, they do not address the underlying issues that can all too easily leave hardworking people in dire financial straits. Jack Ayer, emeritus professor and former bankruptcy judge, recommends his top bankruptcy books.

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