The Firm of Nucingen by Honoré de Balzac

La Maison Nucingen
The Firm of Nucingen
Also translated as The House of Nucingen
Also translated as Nucingen & Co, Bankers

Picture to yourself a private dining room in a restaurant divided in two by a flimsy partition. The diners in one partition can hear everything that is said in the other. Continue reading

The Government Clerks by Honoré de Balzac

Les Employés
The Government Clerks
Also translated as Bureacracy


There is a large cast of over fifty characters in this work, and Balzac provides robust descriptions of most of these characters in his attempt to depict a typical French bureaucracy. Continue reading