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(11/21/2008) The Vicar's Passion by Honore de Balzac. Kobenhavn/Los Angeles. 2006. Green Integer Press. Translated From The French By Ed Ford. keywords: Literature France Translated. Green Integer 150. 671 pages. Cover photograph in a drawing of Honore de Balzac. 9781931243476. Originally published as Le Vicaire des Ardennes by Honore de Saint-Aubin in 1822.

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   This early Balzac novel, never before translated into English, was written under the pseudonym of Horace de Saint Aubin. Balzac wrote several of his early works under pen names, but this work--with its controversial subjects of incest and rape--certainly seems to have justified Balzac's hidden identity. The novel begins with a brilliant comedic scene in which the local bourgeoisie wonders about its new vicar, a dashingly handsome young man with a dark, brooding personality. Ultimately, they begin to uncover his 'terrible' past, which includes a passionate love for his sister Melanie and a friendship with the local Marquise, who herself is attracted to the young man--until she discovers an even darker truth. At times comic, always adventurous and erotic, and brilliantly satiric, this is an important rediscovered work in the career of one of the greatest authors of world literature.  

 

 

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