Le Sorcier Honoré de Balzac

ISBN: 9782714303622

Published: 1990

253 pages


Le Sorcier  by  Honoré de Balzac

Le Sorcier by Honoré de Balzac
1990 | | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 253 pages | ISBN: 9782714303622 | 8.42 Mb

Written for serial publication in 1822 under the pseudonym Horace de Saint-Aubin, this Faustian tale by Balzac has never before been available in English. More than a long-lost curiosity by an important writer, The Centenarian is also a seminal work of early science fiction, crucial to understanding both the development of the genre and the craft of this great author. Beringheld, a 400-year-old mad scientist, discovered the fluid necessary to human life, but he must extract the vital fluid of others to enlarge his own powers.

Balzac intertwines the mythic and the modern in ways that would prove enormously influential to science fiction. Like Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, this novel bridges the gap that separates alchemy and magic from the practice and problems of science. It is also crucial to an understanding of Balzacs oeuvre, as it anticipates significant themes of power, knowledge, and secrecy.

This Wesleyan edition features notes, appendices, and a critical introduction.

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