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Description - Colonel Chabert by Honore de Balzac

Colonel Chabert, a Napoleonic War hero supposedly killed in the Battle of Eylau, returns to Paris after a long convalescence to find his wife remarried, and his pension gone. He employs a young, well-known lawyer to at least reclaim his pension. It is a game of wits: first to convince the lawyer that he is who he says he is; secondly to get his wife to admit to his identity and thereby give up some of her wealth. Once the lawyer believes Chabert's story, the wife must be made to part with his pension...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811213592
ISBN-10: 0811213595
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 132mm x 10mm)
Pages: 101
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 17-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Honore de Balzac

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850), born in Tours, ranks among the great masters of the novel. In 1816, he began studying law at the Sorbonne, but after receiving his license in 1819 he decided to abandon it for literature. By the time of his death, he had written over one hundred novels, novellas, and plays, many of them part of his greatest work, La Comedie humaine -- a reproduction of the French society of his time, picturing in precise detail more than 2,000 characters from every class and every profession. Carol Cosman has translated works by Albert Camus and Rene Daumal, among others.

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