Z. Marcas, Gaudissart II
by Honoré de Balzac
This collection comprises two titles:
1)Z. Marcas (Z. Marcas)
2)Gaudissart II (Gaudissart II)
Z. Marcas (Z. Marcas) is a 1840 novella included in the Scenes from Political Life (Scènes de la Vie Politique) subseries of La Comédie Humaine. Set in Paris, it tells the sad story of the rise and then the fall of a political strategist. Betrayed by the politician he helped ascend to power, he is now forgotten and has no money. He befriends a pair of students who live next door to him in a boarding-house, one of whom is the narrator. The story follows their many discussions about the political situation in France.
Gaudissart II (Gaudissart II), is a 1844 short story included in the Scenes from Parisian Life (Scènes de la Vie Parisienne) subseries of La Comédie Humaine. It is a sardonic portrait of Parisian salesmen. "To know how to sell, to be able to sell, and to sell' is their motto in the words of Balzac. They are cunning masters of salesmanship. In other countries of the world a shopkeeper is merely a shopkeeper, but in Paris they are different.
About the Author
Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. In 1832, he conceived a project of writing a collection of books that would describe all aspects of society. Originally called Etudes des Mœurs (Study of Mores), it eventually became known as La Comédie Humaine, which became a slice of French life in the years after the fall of Napoleon. Honoré de Balzac's attention to detail and realist representation of society earns him the title of one of the founders of realism in European literature. His characters are complex, and not easy to pigeonhole (like real life). He influenced writers such Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino.
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