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Please enter 5 or 9 numbers for the ZIP Code. Handling time. Will usually ship within 2 business days of receiving cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab. Taxes may be applicable at checkout. Learn more. I do want to talk about one of those quotes, discussing the head of the nation falling at its feet.

So I will translate roughly for you….

La Duchesse de Langeais (French Edition)

If, by chance, a nation makes the head of its leader fall at its feet , it will see — sooner or later — that it has killed itself. As nations do not want to die , it will work to refashion a head. In January , Louis XVI was guillotined , this being the original beheading , and one of the major events of the French Revolution — the other notable one being the storming of the Bastille, in France will spend the next century desperately trying to replace that ever important Head of State.

La Duchesse De Langeais by Honoré de Balzac

Then the rule , then defeat, then exile, then rule, then final defeat at Waterloo of Napoleon Bonaparte. Then the succession of Charles X , who was in turn exiled during the July Revolution of So this is where Balzac is at right now. Well, okay, they have that in common with Napoleon… That is five completely different governments.

With the nation finding itself headless every few years , you can see why Balzac should become fairly obsessed with the feet. The feet of the nation are not replaced or exiled or executed. They merely become reanimated , mobilizing this zombie of a political body year after year.

The head of France was severed from its feet, from the French Revolution onward. The nation, as a political body , was split up into pieces , and yet continued to live. The first edition having been published anonymously in Londonin The political body of France is a veritable Frankenstein, a monstrous being of severed body parts being assembled and animated time and again.

How salient would the dream of Dr Frankenstein have seemed to the French , who had been living the last several decades among the severed parts of bodies — both corporal and sociopolitical…. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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