ISBN10: 014044050X ISBN13: 9780140440508 Contributors: Balzac, Honore De Publisher: Penguin Classics Published: Apr 1 1955 Weight: 0.40lbs. Height: 7.75" Width: 5.25" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Depicting the fatal clash between material desires and the liberating power of human passions, Honor de Balzac's Eug nie Grandet is translated with an introduction by M.A. Crawford in Penguin Classics. In a gloomy house in provincial Saumur, the miser Grandet lives with his wife and daughter, Eug nie, whose lives are stifled and overshadowed by his obsession with gold. Guarding his piles of glittering treasures and his only child equally closely, he will let no one near them. But when the arrival of her handsome cousin, Charles, awakens Eug nie's own desires, her passion brings her into a violent collision with her father that results in tragedy for all. Eug nie Grandet is one of the earliest and finest works in Balzac's Com die humaine cycle, which portrays a society consumed by the struggle to amass wealth and achieve power. Here Grandet embodies both the passionate pursuit of money, and the human cost of avarice. M. A. Crawford's lucid translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing the irony and psychological insight of Balzac's characterization, the role of fate in the novel, its setting and historical background.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.