Louis Lambert/The Exiles/Seraphita

by Honore de Balzac

Translated by Clara Bell, James Waring and Katharine Prescott Wormeley

Dimensions:  134x204mm
Format: Paperback
Pages: 286
Author: Honore de Balzac
Publisher: Antipodes Press
Translator: Clara Bell, James Waring, Katharine Prescott Wormeley
Language: English
Date of publication: 2015

Louis Lambert/The Exiles/Seraphita
(ISBN: 978-0-9882026-7-2)



In this selection from the Philosophical Studies sequence of La Comédie Humaine, Balzac largely eschews the realism with which he became most associated and delves into a fantastical world of magic, mysticism and metaphysics. Here, the French writer’s interest in Emanuel Swedenborg comes to the fore; one can hardly miss the influence of the Swedish philosopher in the meditations of Louis Lambert and the lectures of Doctor Sigier. In Seraphita, Balzac even dedicates an entire chapter to recounting a (somewhat embellished) history of the life and works of Swedenborg, providing an excellent starting point for new readers.

For more on Balzac’s reading of Swedenborg, visit the ‘Influences’ page in the ‘Emanuel Swedenborg’ section above.