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The difference between romantic and realistic love is that the Monstrous in the first case is something spooky, something out of the depths of human imagination or something tragic, camouflaged by rivers of tears and thunderous sighs In the second case, that of realistic love, the monster is potentially in ourselves And what is left to those who are left behind Nothing A sense of disgust and resignation, death by insignificance, dissolution into utter nothingness You have disgusted me with The difference between romantic and realistic love is that the Monstrous in the first case is something spooky, something out of the depths of human imagination or something tragic, camouflaged by rivers of tears and thunderous sighs In the second case, that of realistic love, the monster is potentially in ourselves And what is left to those who are left behind Nothing A sense of disgust and resignation, death by insignificance, dissolution into utter nothingness You have disgusted me with life and passion for a long time to come Leaving monstrosities aside, are not all human sentiments dissolved thus, by ghastly disillusionment With these words the fair dancer later known as the Marquis de Rochefide reacted when she found out the Lanty family s secret The secret of Sarrasine view spoiler Fortunately, nowadays, love stories like this can have a happy ending, proof that the the Monster of Ignorance can be beaten hide spoiler Balzac 20 George Bataille, Roland Barthes ,,Balzac ,, Romans et contes philosophiques Suite et fin de La peau de chagrin Sarrasine La com die du diable El Verdugo par M de Balzac ,C Gosselin, Paris 1831 1836 tudes philosophiques Volume 1,Soci t belge de Librairie, etc Hauman, Cattoir et Cie , Croyez vous que la seule Allemagne ait le privil ge d tre absurde et fantastique E T A HoffmannBalzac , Balzac , Un innocent emprunt 1855 , L Elixir de Longue Vie 1830 ,1844, Ossian Hoffmann,Helen Osterman Borowitz, The Impact of Art on French Literature From de Scud ry to Proust,Univ of Delaware Press, 1985,120 Balzac ,188 ,Une passion dans le d sert BalzacGeorge Sand 7 3 1831 Jules Boucoiran, Balzac view spoiler hide spoiler , view spoiler hide spoiler ,Nadine Satiat185 ,, ,, , Raphael de Valentin La Peau De Chagrin view spoiler hide spoiler view spoiler Fedora hide spoiler ,,de Rochefide , Lanty Sarrasine Balzac , Olympe P lissier Fedora , Balzac ,1830,BalzacRomans et contes philosophiques 1831, Sarrasine,32 , First time reading Honor de Balzac and I am impressed I ll be brief His descriptions are splendid and the story was interesting although at first I wasn t following and felt a bit lost When the narrator started telling the story of Sarrasine he got me It was shocking and keep in mind when it was written Ernest Jean Sarrasine was the son of a rich lawyer that, after many problems at school, decided to become an artist He started to work as a sculptor and after winning a competition, he went on to Rome There he entered the Argentina Theatre and met Zambinella, an Opera singer From that moment, he was no longer the owner of his thoughts.But his frantic thoughts outran his pencil He met La Zambinella, spoke to her, entreated her, exhausted a thousand years of life and happiness with her, placin Ernest Jean Sarrasine was the son of a rich lawyer that, after many problems at school, decided to become an artist He started to work as a sculptor and after winning a competition, he went on to Rome There he entered the Argentina Theatre and met Zambinella, an Opera singer From that moment, he was no longer the owner of his thoughts.But his frantic thoughts outran his pencil He met La Zambinella, spoke to her, entreated her, exhausted a thousand years of life and happiness with her, placing her in all imaginable situations, trying the future with her, so to speakHis passion becameprofound as it becametranquil.Yes,love andobsession and that kind of stuff.This is a somewhat thought provoking novella that deals with some interesting themes.I must admit that I didn t dislike Balzac s writing A couple of amusing comments about people and society as a whole were included Additionally, the use of lyricism is rather balanced.But no, I can t give this bookthan two stars for the simple reason that, for me, the first part of the story 41%, actually was completely superfluous And it is a short book However, a paragraph to establish some context would have been enough Oh, alright Perhaps 2.5 stars.Jan 30, 16 Also on my blog This feverish novelette about artistic creation and sexual identity is, perhaps, best introduced as being a kind of Bourbon Restoration The Crying Game The eponymous Sarrasine, a moody eighteenth century sculptor, visits Italy and falls head over heels for a prima donna he sees at the opera but trying to pursue her leads quickly to a brutal, melodramatic reveal and climax.From the beginning, Balzac plays the reader as Sarrasine is played, setting up a theme of flirty, desirable women and gruff This feverish novelette about artistic creation and sexual identity is, perhaps, best introduced as being a kind of Bourbon Restoration The Crying Game The eponymous Sarrasine, a moody eighteenth century sculptor, visits Italy and falls head over heels for a prima donna he sees at the opera but trying to pursue her leads quickly to a brutal, melodramatic reveal and climax.From the beginning, Balzac plays the reader as Sarrasine is played, setting up a theme of flirty, desirable women and gruff men of the world who have learned as one character puts it in passing not to cry out when they re hiding at the back of a wardrobe and the maid slams their fingers in the door Our first introduction to Zambinella, the delectable opera singer, is an almost cinematic crane up from the stiletto heel dangling on her foot, along her crossed legs, and up to her graciously smiling face, while our narrator comments with impeccable composure Les bas blancs bien tir s et coins verts, les jupes courtes, les mules pointues et talons hauts du r gne de Louis XV ont peut tre un peu contribu d moraliser l Europe et le clerg The white, well drawn up stockings with their green figure work, the short skirts, and the pointed, high heeled mules of Louis XV s reign did, perhaps, make some contribution to the demoralisation of Europe, and of the clergy We are half in love with her ourselves by the time we reach the d nouement And the objectification inherent in physical attraction is very much the point here, linked as it is to the process of art Sarrasine objectifies Zambinella not just figuratively but literally as well, by making a statue of her which captures his ideals rather than capturing her herself.In fact, Balzac invents a whole chain of art works stretching from the events of his story down to the for him present day, complete with the shifting genders that are so essential to his story first Sarrasine s statue of Zambinella then a marble copy supposedly made by a Roman cardinal then a painting apparently fictional made of this statue by Joseph Marie Vien and finally, based on the Vien, Girodet s very real picture of The Sleep of Endymion The feminine cantatrice has become a masculine Greek shepherd This distance between one s image of a love object and their real self is the fundamental subject of the book Especially for women As mothers, our children kill us through misconduct or indifference, one character laments as wives we are betrayed As lovers, neglected or abandoned And friendship does that even exist It s a disconnect that will be dramatised in spectacular fashion in the story.Camille Paglia reckons that Sarrasine is the century s first completely Decadent work and a pivotal work in the shift from High to Late Romanticism Well, maybe It certainly has that decadent interest in enclosed spaces and sensual excess early mentions of Byron and Anne Radcliffe show the kind of world we should be expecting But its generic features are perhaps less interesting than the contemporary themes it picks up on The focus on casual objectification and sexual identity makes it feel in some ways powerfully modern and you ve got to be impressed at how many PhD topics Balzac manages to cover in just 35 pages of text A gender bending Gallic treat This was a real treat Right away, the opening sentence caught me eye I was buried in one of those profound reveries to which everybody, even a frivolous man, is subject in the midst of the most uproarious festivities This author has a descriptive way with words It is poetry There the loveliest, the wealthiest women in Paris, bearers of the proudest titles, moved hither and thither, fluttered from room to room in swarms, stately and gorgeous, dazzling with diamonds flowers on their heads This was a real treat Right away, the opening sentence caught me eye I was buried in one of those profound reveries to which everybody, even a frivolous man, is subject in the midst of the most uproarious festivities This author has a descriptive way with words It is poetry There the loveliest, the wealthiest women in Paris, bearers of the proudest titles, moved hither and thither, fluttered from room to room in swarms, stately and gorgeous, dazzling with diamonds flowers on their heads and breasts, in their hair, scattered over their dresses or lying in garlands at their feet Sparkling glances here and there eclipsed the lights and the blaze of the diamonds, and fanned the flame of hearts already burning too brightly And this was all on the first page Was it a great story, who cares It s reallyabout the words themselves, than the story being told Overblown and boring It was the equivalent of standing in front of an Old Master in an art gallery and being instructed by the enraptured guide to study the beautiful painting of the velvet folds of the curtains, just look at those brush strokes, see how he has captured the light Yes, beautiful, can we move on now Left me with that empty feeling that very truthful writing often does I didn t love the story but must pay my respects to Balzac s insight So much of our love and what we think of as our identity is a complete fraud We don t know others, we don t really know ourselves, and we are blown about by every wind whims, desires, fears it s not a pretty existence Balzac gets under the skin precisely, as with a scalpel. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In this story, Balzac uses a device he often employs, a story within a story Madame de Rochefide, not yet experienced in the ways of the world, is startled by the appearance of a very old man at the salon of the Lanty family She thinks he is a ghost This family is wealthy even by the standards of Parisian society, but the source of their wealth is unknown Early speculation about this fades the two children, Marianina and Filippo are both beautiful and rich and therefore valuable assets on t In this story, Balzac uses a device he often employs, a story within a story Madame de Rochefide, not yet experienced in the ways of the world, is startled by the appearance of a very old man at the salon of the Lanty family She thinks he is a ghost This family is wealthy even by the standards of Parisian society, but the source of their wealth is unknown Early speculation about this fades the two children, Marianina and Filippo are both beautiful and rich and therefore valuable assets on the marriage market No one wants to sabotage that Madame de Rochefide s youhful indiscretion compels the narrator to explain, and so, as they settle down in front of a portrait of a young Adonis, he tells the story Sarrasine was a wild and exuberant artist sculptor who had been expelled by the Jesuits in his youth but behaved himself in Paris as a student until he won a prize which took him to Italy In no time he had fallen for an opera singer, the beautiful La Zambinella, and he began to pursue her Alas, she repels his advances and his previously suppressed violent urges come to the fore He kidnaps her one night after seeing her performing at the private party given by Cardinal Cigonari she was dressed there as a man and he is outraged by insinuations that the invitation to this party is a joke against him Which it is His overt passion has made him a laughing stock because the veiled hints that la Zambinella had given him about her fatal beauty were true La Zambinella is no woman, but rather an effeminate man Probably a castrato, as Balzac implies with this exchange La Zambinella echoed the Roman prince Are you jesting Whence have you come Did a woman ever appear in a Roman theatre And do you not know what sort of creatures play female parts within the domains of the Pope It was I, monsieur, who endowed Zambinella with his voice La Zambinella is rescued from Sarrasine s wrath by some of the cardinal s men only just in time.So what s this got to do with the Lanty family, asks Madame de Rochefide That portrait of the Adonis is La Zambinella as a youth, and the old man who hangs around like a spectre is the singer himself He is Marianina s maternal great uncle and the source of the Lanty family s fortuneMadame de Rochefide is repelled by the story but the narrator assures her that civilisation has moved on and that there are none of those wretched creatures now Wouldn t it be interesting to know what the inspiration for this story was {DOWNLOAD BOOK} ⚟ Sarrasine Ä Published by Honor de Balzac in the tempestuous year of , the tale follows the undulating pathways of Sarrasine the sculptor s shocking journey to his coming of age As one of the fathers of realism Balzac painted with his words a vivid portrait of life in the swirling salons of Europe at the end of the Bourbon monarchy, and we follow Sarrasine from France to Italy in search of both his m tier and his museHowever it is also the story of La Zambinella, an Italian singer with whom Sarrasine falls madly and passionately in love But that passion holds a secret which Sarrasine spies too late Summary by Chip Sarrasine by Honor de BalzacSarrasine is about a man who falls in love with a beautiful opera singer Enchanted by her lovely voice, he cannot help but to try to meet her He shows up at every performance and his love becomes known to the members of the Opera When he finally meets her and gets to spend time with her, he finds that he is the butt of a joke that he doesn t understand This is further complicated by the fact that the story takes place in an old mansion The story of Sarrasine is Sarrasine by Honor de BalzacSarrasine is about a man who falls in love with a beautiful opera singer Enchanted by her lovely voice, he cannot help but to try to meet her He shows up at every performance and his love becomes known to the members of the Opera When he finally meets her and gets to spend time with her, he finds that he is the butt of a joke that he doesn t understand This is further complicated by the fact that the story takes place in an old mansion The story of Sarrasine is told from inside a coat closet in the old mansion What the reader discovers is not only shocking, but is also sad Balzac uses the Iceberg shape to explain the story of Sarrasine He slowly peels back the layers, until the reader gets to the core of the conflict By doing this, he is developing character and tension by giving the reader just enough information to make an assumption and to keep them interested The story can also be used as a parable of, Not everything is what it seems to be