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Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac (Penguin Classics)

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“Cousin Bette” is a novel written by Honoré de Balzac, a renowned French author and one of the key figures in 19th-century French literature. Originally published in 1846 as part of Balzac’s series of interconnected novels known as “La Comédie Humaine,” “Cousin Bette” is considered one of his most significant works.

The novel portrays the complexities of human relationships, particularly within the context of family and social classes. It revolves around the character of Lisbeth Fischer, commonly referred to as Cousin Bette, a middle-aged spinster who harbors deep resentments and plots to seek revenge on her wealthy relatives, particularly her cousin Adeline Hulot and her husband Baron Hulot.

“Cousin Bette” explores themes of jealousy, betrayal, manipulation, and the destructive power of desire. The story delves into the dark underbelly of Parisian society, revealing the moral corruption and hypocrisy that permeate the lives of the characters.

Balzac’s intricate narrative provides a detailed depiction of the society and cultural milieu of mid-19th century Paris. The novel offers a panoramic view of various social strata, including the bourgeoisie, the aristocracy, and the bohemian world of artists.

“Cousin Bette” is praised for its psychological depth, vivid characterizations, and its examination of human motivations and passions. It is considered a classic work of French literature, showcasing Balzac’s ability to capture the intricacies of human nature and the societal forces that shape individuals’ lives.

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