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Balzac

Honoré de . 1799--1850, French novelist: author of a collection of novels under the general title La Comédie humaine, including Eugénie Grandet (1833), Le Père Goriot (1834), and La Cousine Bette (1846)
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The ornamentation of Balzacian elements becomes more diffuse in the later portions of The Confidence-Man, as Melville's story achieves its own momentum from the takeoff out of suggestions from La Comedie humaine.
Discussing Balzacian ontology, Roland Le Huenen and Paul Perron say of a man who they believed wrote, or helped Balzac to write, two introductions to the Comedie:
82-125 (selected passages for explication) Balzac's definition of "thought"; parallels among Descartes's "Je pense, donc je suis," Pascal's all-but-stated "Je pense, donc je m'ennuie," Chateaubriand's implied "Je m'ennuie, donc je suis," and the Balzacian dilemma, life-in-death or death-in-life, as developed in his characters' thought, ennui, will, power, and knowledge; Raphael's infernal contract with the skin; close reading of descriptive vocabulary, verb tenses, stylistic features, rhythm, and expressive words in representative passages from Le Pere Goriot, Illusions Perdues, and Eugenie Grandet will highlight temporal and other meanings of the skin and the relationship between the "philosophical studies" and the "social studies" of The Human Comedy
In Feuillade's version, however, this is precisely the point at which the adaptation breaks away from its Balzacian source.
This Franco-American synergy was most recently exemplified in the suave, handsome, would-be jetsetter Jean-Marie Messier, taking his Vivendi media empire built out of a simple French water utility to the heights, and then to a sensational, Balzacian, roller-coaster crash.
As an Argentine and a translator, I was impressed with Unger's suave rendition of Molina's Balzacian flair.
But it was great while it lasted, and we can thank that "nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn," as Podhoretz sardonically describes himself, for having recorded it in such Balzacian detail.
Goodbye to the courtyards that gave life and light to these buildings, goodbye also to the interior buildings, many of which were works of art in their own right, and hello to the industrial marble and fake pierre de taille that is de rigueur for these builders, Balzacian in their cupidity and stupidity.
Both revolutionary and Balzacian poets are beguiled (berces) with false hopes and illusions by their pretentious mistresses.
Patently Balzacian in its conception (though it does not pretend to rival the Census Bureau), Jouet's project offers a wide-angle view of contemporary French society.
At times his nervous style makes me think of The Green House and Conversation in The Cathedral, masterful Balzacian studies of Peruvian society at midcentury written by Vargas Llosa at almost the same age.
These lines posit Parisian spaces as immanently readable and transparent: an observer can easily detect the streets' inner essence through a simple examination of their physical appearance (a typically Balzacian device).