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History of the 13

(1896)
(The sixth book in the Human Comedy series)
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Passionate and perceptive, the three short novels that make up Balzac's History of the Thirteen are concerned in part with the activities of a rich, powerful, sinister and unscrupulous secret society in nineteenth-century France. While the deeds of 'The Thirteen' remain frequently in the background, however, the individual novels are concerned with exploring various forms of desire. A tragic love story, Ferragus depicts a marriage destroyed by suspicion, revelation and misunderstanding. The Duchess de Langeais explores the anguish that results when a society coquette tries to seduce a heroic ex-soldier, while The Girl with the Golden Eyes offers a frank consideration of desire and sexuality. Together, these works provide a firm and fascinating foundation for Balzac's many later portrayals of Parisian life in his great novel-cycle The Human Comedy.

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Used availability for Honore de Balzac's History of the 13

Hardback Editions

September 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: History of the Thirteen
Author(s): Honore De Balzac
ISBN: 1-4344-9226-5 / 978-1-4344-9226-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The History of Thirteen
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 1-60597-199-5 / 978-1-60597-199-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Book Jungle
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September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: History of the Thirteen
Author(s): Honore De Balzac
ISBN: 1-4344-9132-3 / 978-1-4344-9132-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Press
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The History of Thirteen (New Edition)
Author(s): Honore De Balzac, Honore De Balzac
ISBN: 1-59462-783-5 / 978-1-59462-783-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Book Jungle
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August 1974 : UK Paperback
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Title: History of the Thirteen (Classics)
Author(s): Honore de Balzac
ISBN: 0-14-044301-0 / 978-0-14-044301-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK