Honoré de Balzac, the renowned French novelist and playwright, and one of the pioneers of literary realism, makes a short fantasy diversion to the mystical island of Java, where he, or rather the narrateur, encounters a deadly poison-breathing tree, civilised monkeys, love-sick sparrows and that epitome of Oriental desirability of his day – the women of Java.
Written just before he started on the multi-volume La Comédie humaine, this charmingly small work was nevertheless much loved by Balzac himself, and it provides a captivating glimpse of the breadth of his imagination.
Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) produced a vast number of novels and short stories collectively called La Comédie humaine. His realist style, sharp wit, and keen observation earned him wide recognition as one of the greatest novelists of all time.
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