Antikkabinettet by Honoré de Balzac

By Honoré de Balzac

"I en av Frankrikes minst betydande prefekturer, mitt i staden, vid ett gathörn, ligger det ett hus; males vad gatan och staden heter måste här förtigas."

Antikkabinettet (1839) är en av de stort klarsynta revolutionsromanerna från artonhundratalet. Den kretsar kring en ung fransk ädling i början av 1820-talet, hans nedgång och fall och spelet kring hans räddning. males romanen är mer än så. Det är inte bara en ung ädling som går mot sitt fall; ett helt samhälle går mot undergång.

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), en av de största skapare som världslitteraturen har att uppvisa, efterlämnade en enorm produktion, stora delar av den samlade han i jätteverket los angeles Comédie humaine.

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He didn’t get any farther. The lawyer from Bern had grasped the opportunity, while the warden was busy selecting the drinks, to give the sergeant a kick on the shin. Studer accepted it without a murmur, although he had no idea what the reason behind it was. “Yes,” said Herr Hungerlott, “it was a grievous loss. ” “And what did Frau Hungerlott . ” Again the kick on the shin. Studer thanked God he had put his leather gaiters on. Naturally he could not ask his friend the lawyer why he was dispensing kicks, but there must be some reason for it.

The sheets and blankets were on the floor. The windows were closed. In the middle of the floor was a suitcase with labels of hotels from all over the world stuck on it. It was empty. There was nothing on the table. Studer searched the wardrobe, the bedside table, under the mattress – the exercise books he remembered so well had disappeared. Why had they been stolen? What did they say that was so important? “Huldi,” the sergeant said gently, “you remember the exercise books Farny used to write in?

Of course he made a will. He left his estate to his relatives . . To his sister – my mother-in-law, heh heh, who’s married to a very dubious character in Bern. “Well, perhaps dubious character’s going too far. After all, Arnold Äbi is my father-in-law. But before I married Anna, the Poor Board twice proposed Äbi should be put away. He’s a drunkard, he used to be a bricklayer, but now he’s somewhat work-shy – I think I may say that, even though I am related to him. Apart from my mother-in-law, my wife comes into the reckoning as an heir.

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