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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Its domestication must have occurred in the days of Set; and be it the horse, the ass, the goat, or even the pig-bred from the wild boar that mutilated Tammuz, the shepherd-domestication goes back to that same misty past. Our historical records date back approxi mately seven thousand years-during this period, at least, not a single wild animal has been domesticated to serve us. All that lies be yond memory. In that same past lies the cultivation of wild and simple grasses to yield the grains that give us bread.
When he sets h is hand to the m, the a uthor knows li ttle about the m. They have a will of the ir own and know be tte r. The novellas fro m the days of the Refor ma tion and C o un ter Refor ma tion vanished, and for more than a decade and a half I was to re main under the spell of my mythic , b iblical s tory, wh ich , as long as the plan re ma ined at all tenable , was conceived as an ongo ing, un ified narra tive , as a s ingle volume , tho ugh now swell ing to unfortunate size -so tha t one can well say that only here and now, a fter years of a " muti lated" exis tence , has the story appeared in its tr ue for m.
The history of Egypt falls into periods of division and impotence and those of power and bril liance, into epochs without a sovereign and many petty rulers and those in which all its energies are called together in majesty; and it becomes increasingly clear that these forms of existence alternated far too often for King Meni to have been the first representative of unity. The fragmentation that he healed had been preceded by an older unity, and it by an older fragmentation; we cannot say how many times one must speak here of "older," "again," and "farther," but only that unity first flourished under a dynasty of gods, whose sons most likely were the aforesaid Set and Osiris, and that the story of Usiri, of his martyrdom, murder, and dismemberment, alludes in legendary fashion to struggles for the throne that followed and were finally settled with criminal cunning.
Antikkabinettet by Honoré de Balzac