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Old 12-19-2007, 08:22 PM   #1
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Balzac, Honoré de: Sarrasine, v.1. IMP, 20 Dec 2007

Honoré de Balzac, Sarrasine (1830), translated by Clara Bell.
This is a long-ish short story. I've added a couple of pictures, a TOC, and the French accents.

A young woman in a Parisian salon is startled by a sinister old man, to whom the hosts are very deferential. A young man tells her a story of sexual intrigue and 18th-century gender-bending to explain the old man's presence.

The story is part of Balzac's Comédie Humaine.
Later, in 1970, Roland Barthès used it to expound his structuralist theories in 'S/Z'.
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