The Girl with the Golden Eyes

By Honore De Balzac; Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
(Melville House Publishing, Paperback, 9780976658313, 120pp.)

Publication Date: January 2008

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When the night came, he went to the meeting-place, and quietly let himself be blindfolded.
Raw as Honore de Balzac is famed to be, this daring novella--never before published as a stand-alone book--is perhaps the most outlandish thing he ever wrote. While still concerned with the depiction of the underside of Parisian life, as is most of Balzac's oeuvre, "The Girl with the Golden Eyes" considers not the working lives of the poor, but the sex lives of the upper crust.
In a nearly boroque rendering with erotically charged details as well as lush and extravagant language, "The Girl with the Golden Eyes" tells the story of a rich and ruthless young man in nineteenth century Paris caught up in an amorous entanglement with a mysterious beauty. His control slipping, incest, homosexuality, sexual slavery, and violence combine in what was then, and still remains, a shocking and taboo-breaking work.
The Art of The Novella Series
Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.



About the Author
A prolific writer, Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) is generally regarded, along with Gustave Flaubert, as a founding father of realism in European literature, and as one of France's greatest fiction writers.

CHARLOTTE MANDELL has translated over twenty books, including several books for Fordham: Peter Szendy's "Listen: A History of Our Ears" and Jean-Luc Nancy's "Listening". Her most recent translation is "The Kindly Ones" by Jonathan Littell.
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