Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau

The Floating Press
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One of the unifying themes that wends its way through Honore de Balzac's immense body of work is the corrupting danger of greed -- and the often-absurd lengths to which people will go to secure material wealth. In the wonderful novel Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau, the title character starts out as a successful perfume-maker who is gradually lured to the dark side by the promise of ill-gotten gains.
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The Floating Press
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Jun 1, 2014
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Pages
350
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ISBN
9781776538492
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Language
English
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Fiction / Classics
Fiction / General
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