Description - Balzac's Omelette by Anka Muhlstein
"Tell me where you eat, what you eat, and at what time you eat, and I will tell you who you are." This is the motto of Anka Muhlstein s erudite and witty book about the ways food and the art of the table feature in Honore de Balzac s The Human Comedy. Balzac uses them as a connecting thread in his novels, showing how food can evoke character, atmosphere, class, and social climbing more suggestively than money, appearances, and other more conventional trappings. Full of surprises and insights, Balzac s Omelette invites you to taste anew Balzac s genius as a writer and his deep understanding of the human condition, its ambitions, its flaws, and its cravings."
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(180mm x 156mm x 27mm)
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Author Biography - Anka Muhlstein
Anka Muhlstein was born in Paris in 1935. She has published biographies of Queen Victoria, James de Rothschild, Cavelier de La Salle, and Astolphe de Custine, a study on Catherine de Medicis, Marie de Medicis, and Anne of Austria, and a double biography, Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart. She is currently writing a volume on Proust as a reader. She has won two prizes from the Academie Francaise and the Goncourt Prize for Biography. She and her husband, Louis Begley, have written a book on Venice, Venice for Lovers. They live in New York.Adriana Hunter studied French and Drama at the University of London. She has translated nearly forty books including works by Agnes Desarthe, Amelie Nothomb, Frederic Beigbeder, Veronique Ovalde, and Catherine Millet, and has been short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize twice. She lives in Norfolk, England."