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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 genius--or 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.
  • ISBN13: 9780940322745
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • Pubilcation Year: 2000
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00160
Specifications
FormatPaperback
SeriesNew York Review Books Classics
Publication DateAugust 31, 2000
Pages160

The Unknown Masterpiece

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