Description : The Lost Illusions is a serial novel written by Honoré de Balzac. It consists of three parts, starting in provincial France, thereafter moving to Paris, and finally returning to the provinces. The novel is unique among the novels and short stories of La Comédie humaine by virtue of the even-handedness with which it treats both geographical dimensions of French social life. The Two Poets A Distinguished Provincial at Paris Eve and David
Description : A new annotated translation of the keystone of Balzac's Comédie Humaine--a sweeping narrative of corrupted idealism in a cynical urban milieu Lost Illusions is an essential text within Balzac's Comédie Humaine, his sprawling, interconnected fictional portrait of French society in the 1820s and 1830s comprising nearly one hundred novels and short stories. This novel, published in three parts between 1837 and 1843, tells the story of Lucien de Rubempré, a talented young poet who leaves behind a scandalous provincial life for the shallow, corrupt, and cynical vortex of modernity that was nineteenth-century Paris--where his artistic idealism slowly dissipates until he eventually decides to return home. Balzac poured many of his thematic preoccupations and narrative elaborations into Lost Illusions, from the contrast between life in the provinces and the all-consuming world of Paris to the idealism of poets, the commodification of art, the crushing burden of poverty and debt, and the triumphant cynicism of hack journalists and social climbers. The novel teems with characters, incidents, and settings, though perhaps none so vivid as its panoramic and despairing view of Paris as the nexus of modernity's cultural, social, and moral infection. For Balzac, no institution better illustrates the new reality than Parisian journalism: "amoral, hypocritical, brazen, dishonest, and murderous," he writes. In this new translation, Raymond N. MacKenzie brilliantly captures the tone of Balzac's incomparable prose--a style that is alternatingly impassioned, overheated, angry, moving, tender, wistful, digressive, chatty, intrusive, and hectoring. His informative annotations guide the modern reader through the labyrinth of Balzac's allusions.
Description : Linking the study of business and politics, Christine Haynes reconstructs the passionate and protracted debate over the development of the book trade in nineteenth-century France. In tracing the contest over literary production in France, Haynes emphasizes the role of the Second Empire in enacting - but also in limiting - press freedom and literary property.
Description : Re-creates the vanished world of a man who, once regarded as an eccentric, is now recognized as a significant figure in contemporary literature. Traces Leautaud's intimate friendships with many famous writers of the time and gives us a lively panorama of the French literary scene.
Description : Some of the films discussed in this book include: Five Easy Pieces Chinatown Carnal Knowledge Straw Dogs A Clockwork Orange Mean Streets The Conversation Nashville Shampoo Taxi Driver Apocalypse Now
Description : LOST ILLUSIONS is a moving drama about sex, drugs, and religion, the great addictions of that most seductive decade, the 1970's. Jon Fortch comes home from Vietnam to find his generation's world at odds with the myths and illusions of his father's. He and his wife Rigel struggle to keep a relationship together through their turbulent journey in pursuit of the truth behind the great illusions of the American dream.