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ISBN:
0140442715
Author:
Honore de Balzac,Herbert J. Hunt
Category:
Literary
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Classics (September 28, 1978)
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224 pages
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222 pages ; 19 cm. "Set earlier than most of Balzac's Comédie Humaine, the novel covers the years 1803-6, when Napoleon was making himself first Consul and then Emperor.

222 pages ; 19 cm. The inclusion of Napoleon himself, as well as figures like Talleyrand and Fouché, makes this a historical novel. But it is also an early example of the detective story, in which the sinister, implacable police agent, Corentin, stalks his way towards vengeance on his aristocratic enemies.

Bibliographic Details. Title: A Murky Business (Une Tenebreuse Affaire). Publisher: Penguin Classics. Publication Date: 1978. I will do my best to address your concerns including 100% refund of your money. Name of your business and form of legal entity: Ami Ventures In. -Corp.

Une ténébreuse affaire (English "A Murky Business" or "An Historical Mystery") is a novel by Honoré de Balzac, published in 1841. It is one of the Scènes de la vie politique in La Comédie humaine. The heroine of the story is Laurence de Cinq-Cygne, a young aristocrat living in the Aube region of France. An elderly aristocratic couple, the d'Hauteserres have come to live with her. Their sons, Robert and Adrien have gone into exile to fight against Napoleon

Herbert J. Hunt in the introduction .

Herbert J. Hunt in the introduction notes that "We may find some fault" in how it fares as a "whodunit," citing three major issues re various plot elements, but concludes by saying that "it may be accepted as a fair example of an early mystery story. " and I have to concur.

Author(s): Honoré de Balzac, Herbert J. Hunt (Introduction). Une Ténébreuse Affaire (Mass Market Paperback). ISBN: 0140442715 (ISBN13: 9780140442717). Published February 1st 1980 by Folio. Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages. Author(s): Honoré de Balzac. ISBN: 2070364682 (ISBN13: 9782070364688).

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. Bibliographic information. A murky business: (Une ténébreuse affaire) UNE TENEBREUSE AFFAIRE Penguin classics.

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A Murky Business (Une Tenebreuse Affaire) Honore de Balzac (Author) Herbert J. Hunt (Translator . A Murky Business is wonderful. The acute eye and superb writing of Balzac are put in service of a political mystery novel.

A Murky Business is wonderful. Napoleon is trying to conquer Europe, and Fouche, his police chief (a fascinating historical character) is covering his back, doing all the dirty work.

  • Arith
This is one of the duller novels of Balzac. I wonder why Hunt, who was an exemplary expert Balzacian, chose to translate it for Penguin? Or perhaps it was the other way around?

I'd suggest you skip this one, especially if you haven't read much Balzac.

Try instead Hunt's translation of LES ILLUSIONS PERDUES, also available from Penguin. A much better read, especially if you're a beginner in Balzac.
  • invasion
Over his productive years, Balzac created the Human Comedy, which like the Chinese scrolls of long ago, shows life in the France of his day in all its detail. Each book making up the whole portrays a particular part of society, its mores, customs, styles, beliefs, and expectations, without failing to provide readers with a great story. Balzac never hesitated to supply us with great descriptions of clothing, architecture, natural beauty, or witty conversation. The present volume is no exception. Though the overall subject is the depth of political intrigue in a rapidly-changing, politically unstable society, you will also find romance and adventure. If too many names---many of actual figures in the French history of the early 1800s---put you in a daze, persist, because this is a great novel with many levels of meaning. A noble woman, in love with twin brothers of the same class who have been exiled, gets involved in a plot to assassinate Napoleon. The intrigue goes way beyond this plot and involves property and class. A loyal employee helps the noblewoman, along with his wife and son. What happens? Who is guilty? Who is a patriot and who a traitor? To what depth did all this go? Is there any dirty police work involved? Does anyone pay the ultimate price? It is a short novel with many sudden twists and turns, secret hideouts, police raids, letters that must be burned and more. If you ever liked Balzac, you'll like this one, though if you have never tried him, perhaps "Père Goriot", "Lost Illusions", "Cousin Bette" or "Eugenie Grandet" would be better places to start.
  • Thofyn
A Murky Business is wonderful. The acute eye and superb writing of Balzac are put in service of a political mystery novel. Napoleon is trying to conquer Europe, and Fouche, his police chief (a fascinating historical character) is covering his back, doing all the dirty work. For Napoleon has powerful enemies who are conspiring to depose him. Malin is one of the conspirators, a man who buys a big house called Gondreville, in rural Champagne. Michú, his servant, helps her beautiful and rich neighbor, Lorence de Cynq-Cygne (one of Balzac's strongest and smartest female characters) to get their cousins secretly into France. These guys, called Simeuse, are conspirators exiled by Napoleon. Fouche gets to know the Simeuses are back in France, and starts the search for them, kidnapping Malin. What follows I won't spoil, but it is a great novel with a very dark tone. There are spies, traitors, revenge and passion. I am amazed that this novel is not much more famous, since it is magnificent entertainment and excellent literature.
  • Shakataxe
Conspiracy theorists rejoice. Balzac weaves such a complex web, that a highlighter should be sold with the book. As Napoleon decides the fate of Europe, others are secretely deciding the fate of France. From the streets of Paris, just beneath the Emperors nose, to the provincial farmers of Champaign; machinations with a flair not seen since the Borgias lead the reader along this rollercoaster.