Balzac

Graham Robb

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

 

Genre: Non-Fiction
ISBN: 978033032015302
Published: 21/09/2000

Graham Robb

Graham Robb

Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958 and is a former Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He has published widely on French literature and history, including biographies of Victor Hugo (which won the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Award and the Whitbread Biography Award in 1997) and Rimbaud (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2000). The Discovery of France won both the Duff Cooper and Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prizes. His most recent book, Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. He is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives on the English-Scottish border.

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