The Unknown Masterpiece

Honoré de Balzac

Publisher :New York Review Books (NYRB)

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Publisher presentation: the Unknown Masterpiece is the story of a painter who, depending on one's perspective, is either an abject failure or a transcendental genius--or both. The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as various as Cezanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton's words, a fable of modern art. Published here in a new translation by poet Richard Howard, The Unknown Masterpiece appears, as Balzac intended, with Gambara, a grotesque and tragic novella about a musician undone by his dreams.

During my holidays


To my boss

Not easy to read

Great classic

Between 10 and 20$

At least one month



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