Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau
Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters, who are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. No one knew more about money problems than Balzac, and this is his subject in Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau - one of Balzac's greatest novels. It is the story of Cesar Birotteau, an honest perfumer who is lured into overextending himself. This luring is the work of the unsavory du Tillet, an employee Birotteau fired for embezzlement. The Embezzler works in secret to take revenge. And take it he does: Birotteau falls hard. But all is not lost - not yet.