By Honoré de Balzac
One of many maximum French novelists, Balzac was once additionally an comprehensive author of shorter fiction. This quantity comprises twelve of his best brief tales - a lot of which function characters from his epic sequence of novels the Comédie Humaine. Compelling stories of acute social and mental perception, they absolutely exhibit the mastery of suspense and revelation that have been the hallmarks of Balzac's genius. within the Atheist's Mass, we study the genuine cause of a unique atheist surgeon's attendance at spiritual prone; los angeles Grande Breteche describes the bad fact in the back of the locked doorways of a decaying state mansion, whereas The crimson hotel relates a brutal story of homicide and betrayal. a desirable counterpoint to the well known novels, the entire tales gathered the following stand by way of themselves as enchanting works via one of many best writers of nineteenth-century France.
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Sergey grinned, unscrewing the cognac. Misha, having meanwhile abandoned quilt for ice, set off at a comical waddling run and dived once more into the ice-hole. 21 In the small hours of Monday morning, Viktor was roused by the insistent ringing of the phone. When finally awake, he didn’t feel like getting up, but lay waiting for the caller to lose patience. But the caller didn’t lose patience, and even the penguin woke and gabbled. Viktor got out of bed and made his way unsteadily to the phone.
He accompanied these words with a lordly wave of the hand. “I’d prefer coffee, if I may,” said Viktor, settling into a leather armchair facing the vast executive desk. “Two coffees,” the Editor-in-Chief said, picking up the phone. “Do you know,” he resumed amiably, “we’d only recently been talking about you, and yesterday in came our Assistant Arts Editor, Boris Leonardovich, with your little story. ‘Get an eyeful of this,’ said he. I did, and it’s good. ” Viktor nodded politely. Igor Lvovich paused and smiled.
By next morning Viktor had earmarked a possible first obelisk. It only remained to get the Chief’s blessing. 30 next morning, having got the Chief’s blessing, drunk coffee, and been solemnly presented with his Press card, Viktor bought a bottle of Finlandia at a kiosk, and set off for the office of sometime author, now State Duma Deputy, Aleksandr Yakornitsky. Hearing that a correspondent of Capital News wished to see him, the State Deputy was delighted, and immediately told his secretary to cancel all his remaining appointments and admit no one else.
Selected Short Stories by Honoré de Balzac