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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470162911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470162917
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fitzgerald Fan VINE VOICE on June 24, 2007
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I wanted to read Sarrasine, strangely enough, because I was interested in reading what Roland Barthes had to say about it in his essay, S/Z.
To make a long story short, Sarrasine is a great little story, almost gothic in its eerie descriptions and rich aristocratic imagery. If you are interested in literary genderbending (Middlesex fans, I am talking to you!), you'll enjoy this without a doubt.
The story is a classic. Once you read it, be sure to pick up Barthes' essay in which he pulls apart and examines the sexual politics at play.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karl Janssen on November 10, 2011
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Balzac's Sarrasine could be considered either a long short story or a short novella. The entire piece can be read in an hour and a half. Nevertheless, as usual Balzac packs his pages with delightful entertainment and provocative insight. An unnamed narrator attends a sumptuous soirée at the salon of the Lanty family. This wealthy family is new to Parisian high society, and much speculation abounds as to the source of their fortune. A mysterious, strikingly ancient figure ambulates his way amongst the partygoers like a walking corpse. Balzac spends about a quarter of the book describing this bizarre creature. To the guests, he is a source of fascination and revulsion. They whisper discreetly to each other, debating the identity of this spectre and his relationship to the family. But only our narrator knows the real story, and as he confides it to his female companion, we are also let in on the secret. A tale is told of the sculptor Sarrasine who, while studying his craft in Italy, becomes obsessed with the beautiful opera singer La Zambinella. . . .

As is true with all of Balzac's works, the less said about the plot the better. He is a writer who thrives on surprise, and the best course of action in reading his work is to wander in with little prior knowledge and no expectations. Balzac's style of writing is like a cross between a naturalist novel and a mythological fable. On the one hand, he is a keen observer of nature and society, brilliantly describing the world of his story and the characters who inhabit it. On the other hand, his characters are largely allegorical, and the events that take place are often larger than life. He's far more concerned with making a philosophical point than he is with creating any semblance of realism.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SomeoneInteresting on November 11, 2013
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I ordered this book because I am interested in reading Barthes' S/Z. I could not find a reliable publisher's version, so I settled on this. I really wish I hadn't. Not only is the text enormous, so enormous in fact that a short novella is turned into a small novel of 120 pages, but the linebreaks are completely random. Half of the lines run the full length of the page, whereas the other half only make it two or three words across. This is prose, not poetry! This is absolutely unreadable, ugly, and half-assed. The poor publishing quality makes me strongly question the validity of the translation too! I would double check it with my French version, but frankly it won't make a difference even if this *is* an acceptable translation, and I will be returning this garbage immediately.
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