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Today is the birthday of Honoré
de Balzac born in Tours, France, in 1799. He
spent much of his life devoted to writing a series of
novels and short stories which depicted every aspect
of French society in the 1800s. He wrote about
banks, offices, factories, the stock market, the media, and
the first commercial advertisements. His writing
had a huge impact on later French novelists, in
particular Gustave Flaubert and Émile Zola. Henry
James considered him to be one of the greatest
novelist of all time. Balzac's influence
continues to the present day - bestseller Balzac
& The Little Chinese Seamstress (2002),
later adapted for the screen by the author, tells the
story of two boys exiled to a remote mountain village
during China's Cultural Revolution. They stumble
upon a stash of Western classics that have been
translated into Chinese and find their lives
transformed by the stories they read. Balzac
said: All happiness depends on courage and work.
Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy set in a steam-powered world, often inspired by Victorian Britain or the Wild West... read on
And I Quote...
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. ~ Barbara Tuchman
In The Book of My Lives, Aleksandar Hemon takes readers though his life from his childhood in Sarajevo to the death of his young daughter.
The Dublin Writers Festival takes place this week with numerous events happening all over the city for readers, writers and illustrators of all ages. Click here for more information.
Elliott Holt discusses her six favorite novels about expatriates, talks about what it's like to be in your 20s, and the importance of travel and exploration.
Ireland's newest stamp features an entire short story, written by a Dublin teenager.
My Life And Theirs
They remembered everything they were taught
and relished the pleasures of memorization
I look at the shameful balance on my credit card
and picture her reaching for her handbag
first thing in the morning
before she even opened her eyes,
clasping it to her chest with two hands,
whispering an aspiration to her favorite saint
for bringing it safely through the night.
On Friday nights he'd hand her
the small brown envelope that held his wages.
She'd count out the pound notes and coppers.
Then when his back was turned she'd turn to us
and ask no one in particular how in God's name
she was ever going to make it through the week.
And here am I, having purchased permission
to explore the upper echelons of poetry,
to be like the angels, a pure spirit,
not selling turnips or digging potatoes,
living the soft life in America