Splendori e miserie delle cortigiane

Splendori e miserie delle cortigiane

Vigorosa espressione della poetica balzachiana, "Splendori e miserie delle cortigiane" è un'opera in divenire, modellata nel corso di tredici anni (1835-47). I quattro romanzi che la compongono sono dominati dalle figure di Esther, giovane e affascinante prostituta parigina, Lucien, di lei romanticamente innamorato, e Vautrin, il genio dell'energia al servizio del male. Intorno a queste figure forti dell'intreccio - spiega Lanfranco Binni nella sua introduzione - "l'immaginazione di Balzac costruisce potenti scenari psicologici e filosofici, ricchi di variazioni di sfumature. Ogni personaggio è la parte emergente e visibile di mondi sommersi, misteriosi, inquietanti. I destini e i comportamenti individuali rispondono a leggi che li determinano crudamente; legge delle leggi, il denaro".

Title:Splendori e miserie delle cortigiane
Edition Language:Italian
ISBN:9788811360575
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    Splendori e miserie delle cortigiane Reviews

  • Henry Martin

    Why should anyone care about Esther, a prostitute from a young age, a harlot with powers over men? Why should anyone care about a spoiled feeble individual such as Lucien, the poet whose ambitions are...

  • Cindy Newton

    I didn't find out until I was well into this book that it is actually part of a series, so I feel that I missed out on a deeper level of meaning that exists for people who read the books in order. Tha...

  • Jonfaith

    So Balzac's father added the "de". It was invented not inherited. Actually it the author himself, not his bourgeois father.Such utility is brought to bear in the two novels Lost Illusions and A Harlo...

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    The sequel to Illusions Perdues, Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes is a breath-taking story of intrigue and features one of literatures greatest villains of all time Vautrin at the height of his ...

  • Bettie

    Description: Finance, fashionable society, and the intrigues of the underworld and the police system form the heart of this powerful novel, which introduces the satanic genius Vautrin, one of the grea...

  • Anachronist

    Balzac explores the artistic life of Paris in 1821-22, and furthermore the nature of the artistic life generally. He does it in a great way. He starts a simple story of a weak young man helped by an o...

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)

    A Harlot High and Low, sometimes called Scenes From a Courtesans Life, is the sequel to Lost Illusions which should be read first. It is also a tetralogy comprised of:Esther Happy: How a courtesan Can...

  • Linda

    After carrying this book around for a few weeks at 33% through, I was finding it harder to pick back up again. Maybe, just maybe, someday I'll pick it up again, if only to be able to delete the "DNF" ...

  • Justin Evans

    Peak Balzac: a throbbing plot, but also scores of pages you can skim over without any loss to the novel whatsoever....

  • Jeremy

    Quick note on translation: Frustrated and disappointed, I've put aside the old Heppenstall translation published under the title A Harlot High and Low in favor of the older, more faithfully-titled Sce...