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Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau

The Human Comedy

by Honore de Balzac Author · Katharine Prescott Wormeley Translator


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One of the unifying themes that wends its way through Honore de Balzac's immense body of work is the corrupting danger of greed—and the often-absurd lengths to which people will go to secure material wealth. In the wonderful novel Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau, the title character starts out as a successful perfume-maker who is gradually lured to the dark side by the promise of ill-gotten gains.

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Duke Classics
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The Human Comedy


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