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The house-Museum of Balzac: photos, description (Maison de Balzac)

The house-Museum of Balzac in Passy is where the writer lived for seven years, from 1840 to 1847. It was a difficult time for him - suffice it to say that the house on the street, Renoir Balzac rented under the name of Mr. de Brunyola took the name of his housekeeper, to not find the lenders. According to Balzac, they hunted him like a hare.

Modest house attracted the writer to the fact that it was the exit to the next street Burton - in the case of the lender, it was possible to escape. And friends, when he came, said the password. It wasn't a game - after a failed investment in publishing the writer has just confiscated all his property, and he could no longer risk it.

However, Balzac must have loved that little garden, which came out the window of his five-room apartment on the top floor. It was quiet and nothing distracts from work. But he worked like a machine. "Work," wrote Balzac, means to always get up at midnight, to write until 8 a.m., Breakfast for fifteen minutes and then work until five, dinner, to go to bed and the next day to start all over again."

In the Museum there are examples of this hard work - a facsimile of the manuscripts of Balzac. Strikethrough, insert in the fields, again stroking - one page could be rewritten 16 times! Here, in the house on Reynoir, was created "the Life of a bachelor," "the Cousin of betta", "Dark matter" and other parts of the landmark multi-volume work, entitled Balzac's "Human Comedy". Here he wrote letters to Evelina Ganska woman with whom he corresponded for 18 years before I could get married (she was married). Weary years of feverish work, Balzac died five months after the wedding.

After the death of his widow the things the writer was fragmented, but the Museum was able to exhibit a genuine Desk Balzac, a chair, a cane and a kettle with coffee making facilities. Also, the Museum exhibits letters, daguerreotypes, portraits, drawings, prints; on the ground floor is the library - manuscripts, original and subsequent editions of the novels of Balzac, books that belonged to him, and just books and magazines of the time.