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Harlot High and Low, a (1847) [Novel]
by Honoré de Balzac Rating: Weighted - 9.3 / Average - 10.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: Human Comedy, the

Summary (From the publisher):

A splendid and powerful novel from the "Scenes of Parisian Life"

In it, Balzac brings to bear his encyclopeadic knowledge of finance, fashionable intrigue and the ramifications both of the underworld and of the police system. The harlot of the title, elevated to the heights of lucury only to be reduced to the depths of misery, is no more than a pawn in what is essentially a duel of wits and ruthlessness fought between criminal master-minds. It is the figure of Vaytrin, the Satanic genius at the heart of the web and one of the great characters of world literature, that effortlessly dominates the whole novel.

Original title: Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes
Original languages: French


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics


  • Also published as "Scenes from a Courtesan's Life".

Edition #1: A Harlot High and Low

A Harlot High and Low (1970)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Rayner Heppenstall
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Manifested in:

A Harlot High and Low (December 30, 1970)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140442324
Dimensions: 5.1 x 8.1 x 1.5
Pages: 560

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