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The Unknown Masterpiece (New York Review Books Classics)

by Honoré de Balzac

ISBN 0940322749 / 9780940322745 / 0-940322-74-9
Publisher NYRB Classics
Language English
Edition Softcover
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A New York Review Books Original

One of Honoré de Balzac's most celebrated tales, "The Unknown Masterpiece" is the story of a painter who, depending on one's perspective, is either an abject failure or a transcendental geniusor both. The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as various as Cézanne, 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. [via]