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 l. a. Comédie humaine.
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Is this the new issue of Bluecollar Review ? asked Julie. Is she your girlfriend? Yes, this is the new issue, said Ira. Want to help me staple it and sell it? What’re you doing today? Running away from home, Julie said. Want to come along? Ira straightened up his spine, cleared his throat. T H E D R E A M O F D O C T O R B A N TA M 47 Are you serious? he asked. Is it that bad? Do you need a place to stay? I was kidding, said Julie. It’s not that bad at home. That’s a relief, said Ira. It’s worse, said Julie, and she let out a maniacal laugh.
I’ll come up and slip it under your door. Patrice nodded, slowly. The electricity was gone from her eyes as well; it was strange, it was like the science club Julie and Robbie had belonged to. They’d had to build a robot to go along a track of sensors, and it worked perfectly as long as you kept the controls tightly on the path—and the moment the robot lost track of the T H E D R E A M O F D O C T O R B A N TA M 55 sensors, it started spinning, reeling, overheating—trying to find its way back to the sensors, the thing that gave its entire life meaning.
Come with me. Julie put down her book and followed Tabitha into their mother Linda’s bedroom. Their mother was at work, like every day; she wouldn’t be home until after six. A stack of Jackie Collins novels held up the TV remote on the table by the bed. Tabitha pulled the still-unmade comforter and blankets off—the sheets beneath were pink and rumpled, sour-smelling, and old ashes had been pressed into their 400-count weave. 26 JEANNE THORNTON Take off your clothes, said Tabitha. And lie down. Julie felt a thrill of badness as her khaki shorts and her bluehemmed motorcycle underwear fell to the floor.
Antikkabinettet by Honoré de Balzac