The Tragedy Of A Genius by Honore de Balzac
In Balzac's classic study of obsession, a chance meeting changes Balthazar Claes' life as it introduces him to alchemy and initiates his quest of the absolute. Throughout, our sympathy is equally divided between Balthazar's single-minded determination to push back the frontiers of knowledge, and the ruin of his family. The novella The Quest for the Absolute (Alkahest, 1834; variously translated as "The Alchemist" "The Philosopher's Stone" "The Tragedy of A Genius" or "Balthazar") is about alchemical magic.
- The Lotus Library Edition
- Publisher Greening & Co. Ltd., London;
- Purple Embossed Cloth Hardback, 303 pp
- Size 180 x 120mm, 375g
Condition: Very Good – No Dust Jacket, No Inscriptions, Very Good Copy
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