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Sarrasine Paperback – October 31, 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
The force of ideas and richness of prose shine even through the veil of a translation.